Americans are eager to see the government “spread the wealth around” through heavy taxes on rich people. This, according to Gallup, is a relatively new phenomenon, with a clear preference for soaking the rich really only emerging in the past four or five years:
On a different polling measure, Gallup finds that at least since the mid-1980s a large majority of Americans have expressed a preference for a flatter distribution of income. But that’s something that could, at least hypothetically, be achieved in a whole variety of ways. Taxing the rich in order to redistribute income to the working class is a much more specific idea and, naturally, a more contentious one.
Not surprisingly, Republicans and rich people are not particularly excited about this idea, while Democrats and the poor love it.
But in some ways the most interesting demographic sub-sample is the age one. Respondents…
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