Americans say the rich are greedy [OPINION]
Posted by: KC Orcutt
Published on: August 29th, 2012 at 12:00 PM
As reported by Huffington Post, results from the latest Pew Research Center conducted poll found that Americans believe that the wealthy are paying too little in taxes.
The poll, released on Monday this week, points to a challenge for Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney specifically, as his party’s policies are viewed by a wide majority as favoring the rich over the poor and middle class.
The poll found that many Americans believe that the rich are intelligent and hardworking but also greedy and less honest than the average American. I find it interesting how money equates to importance and power, and whether it’s just an American belief or an actual factor, money is very influential socially and culturally. And of course, politically.
Nearly 58% said the rich don’t pay enough in taxes, while 26% said they pay their fair amount and the rest said they pay too much.
Even for those who describe themselves as “upper class” or “middle class” 52% said that upper-income Americans don’t pay enough in taxes, with only 10% saying they paid too much.
Romney supports an extension of Bush-era tax cuts for everyone including the wealthiest 2 percent and says his policies will benefit the middle class by boosting the economy and creating jobs.
Additionally, according to the Pew’s latest findings, about 63% of Americans believe that the GOP favors the rich over the middle class and poor, and 71% said that Romney’s election would be good for wealthy people. 20% said the same thing about the Democratic Party.
What do you think about the findings of the poll? Do you think that political parties favor the rich? Do you think the rich doesn’t pay enough in taxes?