This just in… again.
A new survey from Spectrem Group found that 68% of millionaires (those with investments of $1 million or more) support raising taxes on those with $1 million or more in income. Fully 61% of those with net worths of $5 million or more support the tax on million-plus earners.
Buffett, as you might recall, has proposed raising taxes on million-plus earners, saying the ultra-rich pay lower rates than everyday workers.
Rich people’s opinions of Buffett remain fairly positive in the wake of his tax-me-more crusade. More than a third of millionaires and ultra-high-net-worths said they have a more positive opinion of Buffett after his tax proposal. Only 19% of millionaires and 22% of the $5 million -plus group said they had a more negative opinion of him after the proposal.
More than 40% of both groups said their opinion hadn’t changed.
In other words, Buffett’s proposal had more supporters than detractors among the rich — though that support declines slightly as you move up the wealth ladder.
It amuses me that one of the questions posed was whether or not rich people still like Warren Buffett. As if he gives a shit. Oh pollsters — you so crazy.
As I said yesterday, it’s not up for debate: Americans — rich and poor — think the rich should pay their fair share. This new poll simply makes Paul “Why is Obama Picking on Rich People” Ryan look that much more silly.
I also said yesterday that the GOP just doesn’t give a fuck what you think because they signed a tax pledge with Grover Norquist, and tax pledges are forever.
I wonder when the curtain will drop on this political theatre. The Super Congress deadline is coming up, and if Republicans start up with their “let’s cut entitlements! no tax increases!” again, I think it just might actually damage them.
Hey! I said “might.”