Polls Show People Want Lower Tax Rates & Believe Insurance Mandate Is Unconstitutional

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Couple interesting polls out to share. The first is this one from The Hill in which they asked likely voters what they believed would be a good tax rate for the rich.

Three-quarters of likely voters believe the nation’s top earners should pay lower, not higher, tax rates, according to a new poll for The Hill.

The big majority opted for a lower tax bill when asked to choose specific rates; precisely 75 percent said the right level for top earners was 30 percent or below.

The current rate for top earners is 35 percent. Only 4 percent thought it was appropriate to take 40 percent, which is approximately the level that President Obama is seeking from January 2013 onward.

The Hill Poll also found that 73 percent of likely voters believe corporations should pay a lower rate than the current 35 percent, as both the White House and Republicans push plans to lower rates.

How could that be you ask since all the other polls show people want higher taxes for the evil rich.

Well, the difference was in how they asked the question. They gave specific tax rates and they were told to pick one.

So when it came down to actual numbers most people feel a lower tax rate across the board is a good thing.

Then Gallup has a poll on ObamaCare and the mandate:

Seventy-two percent of American adults and 56 percent of self-professed Democrats say that the provision in the health-care law signed by President Barack Obama that requires individuals to purchase health insurance or pay a fine is unconstitutional, says the Gallup Poll.

In March, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear cases challenging the constitutionality of the mandate.

Among Republicans, according to the poll, 94 percent say the mandate is unconstitutional and 6 percent say it constitutional. Among Independents, 70 percent say it is unconstitutional and 21 percent say it is constitutional. In contrast to the 56 percent of Democrats who say the mandate is unconstitutional, only 37 percent say it is constitutional.


That’s a pretty damn large chunk of the populace who believe the mandate is unconstitutional.

Of course when you drill down a bit you find out that 54% of the people are willing to overlook our Constitution to get ObamaCare rolling, answering that ObamaCare is a good thing.


On a side note, The Heritage Foundation and the National Review Institute are hosting a panel today at 2:00 PM EST called “Women Speak Out: Obamacare Tramples Religious Liberty”. You can sign up to watch online, live, here. 

The panel:

The Honorable Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY)
U.S. House of Representatives

Followed by a panel discussion with

Hadley Heath
Policy Analyst, Independent Women’s Forum

Maggie Karner
Director, Lutheran Church Missouri-Synod Life and Health Ministries

Pia de Solenni
Diotima Consulting, LLC

Lori Windham
Senior Counsel, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Co-hosted by
Jennifer Marshall
Director, DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, The Heritage Foundation

Kate O’Beirne
President, National Review Institute

Curt served in the Marine Corps for four years and has been a law enforcement officer in Los Angeles for the last 24 years.

14 Responses to “Polls Show People Want Lower Tax Rates & Believe Insurance Mandate Is Unconstitutional”

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    another vet

    @Hard Right: I’m glad to see the VFW opened their mouth. They seemed rather silent when Obama made cuts to the GI Bill last January to the tune of a billion dollars over 10 years. That didn’t get much publicity from the MSM as this probably won’t. But they’ll still portray him as being friendly to the Vets.

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    The polls show many are too dumb to understand it’s a good thing for insurance companies not to be allowed to drop you becasue you get sick and someone has to hold a damn spaghetti dinner at the local VFW so you don’t have to sell your house.

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    libdud: The polls show many are too dumb to understand it’s a good thing for insurance companies not to be allowed to drop you becasue you get sick and someone has to hold a damn spaghetti dinner at the local VFW so you don’t have to sell your house.

    There ya have it. Direct from the horse’s… er, ass’s (aka Dem “donkey” mascot)… mouth. Dems think the masses are “too dumb to understand” anything, therefore government must decide for the masses.

    Mind you… there are times I think I want to agree with this. Masses being too dumb, I mean. Problem is, most of the “dumb” are the Dem voters… which is why they are voting Dem to begin with.

    But I digress…

    Speaking of “dumb”, perhaps Libdud is one of the dumb that the government needs to “protect”… er, fool… consider his argument about withholding and/or not providing coverage for pre’existing conditions. That has been illegal for group insurance policies since HIPPA days in the 90s. But lets not let that get in the way of a perfectly good talking point to foist upon the masses.

    The problem is easily cured under existing law. Form more “groups” that people can join en masse to get their coverage, so they don’t have to rely upon individual plans. But of course, the Dems are against that too, because it interferes with reality.

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    liberalchild was driving down the road one day, he was on his way to the grocery store. As he pulled into the parking lot, he hit another car. Alas, he had no insurance, so he drove away.

    The next morning, he took his car to a local insurance agent and asked for car insurance to fix his newly acquired dent. The agent said he could give him insurance for his car, but could not cover the damage. Nonplussed, liberalchild went to a different agent; same story. All day long he tried to get his car covered to fix the damage, all day long he was denied.

    I guess he needs to write his Congressman or Senator to ask them to sponsor a bill requiring auto insurers to cover pre-existing conditions…

    Did I ever tell you about the time his uninsured house caught on fire…?

  5. 8

    Liberal1 (objectivity)

    You like to show when Obama is down in the polls—but never when up. I haven’t heard you mention his 53% approval rate yet.

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    Liberal1 (objectivity)

    @Hard Right: As I understand these economies only apply to Tricare (formerly a part of Champus) which uses civilian contractors as health providers. The ideas is that by bringing these health services under the umbrella of the Affordable Care Act (also described as Obamacare by the right-wing), money will be saved by reducing the need for these contract0rs.

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    @Liberal1 (objectivity):

    I haven’t heard you mention his 53% approval rate yet.

    Considering the source of those approval numbers, the result is very questionable. Politico/George Washington University poll? Really? My guess is that you’d be hard pressed to find a more biased pollster team than that, unless, of course, you were quoting a joint HuffPo/DailyKos poll.

    Expecting people to buy that number when the more established polling companies have Obama’s approval at somewhere in the mid 40% range, and after the huge jump in gasoline prices, is kinda stupid, isn’t it?

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    And only a loony wingnut like MataHarley can spin insuring of millions of Americans and American children as a government intrusion when the insurance companies are still (unfortunately) involved. You probably never knew someone who was denied a colonoscopy even though he had a family history of color cancer then die from it three years later. Fools.

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    Yo… libdud… hate to break the news of reality to you, but insurance companies will still be involved even under o’healthcare.

    But I guess you find it more palatable when the government rations care instead of the private sector? pffft…

    So when you say the words, “loony wingnut” you’d better be staring at the dodobird in the mirror.

  10. 13

    Larry Uloth

    Oh goody a two pronged question. We need to lower all tax rates, totally eliminate all special loop holes, make it a totally flat tax of one sort or another 17-23%….when we do this the country grows, we have money to spend,jobs are available and unbelievably the govt gets more revenue. The trick is to make it so the politicians cannot change it or raise it without a 75% plus vote of both houses which would then be open to some type of response yea or nay from the people.

    the problem with the obamacare and mandate is that the politicians much less the populace have never read all 2700 pages and understood that there is so much terrible negative stuff hidden in there. For sebilius to stand there and say well its a tax but not a tax, kinda, maybe etc. is ridiculous. They really do think we are stupid…there is a few things good in the bill, there is also a lot of stuff that would help but got left out , think medical malpractice among others. Oh well I am 71 and will not last to see all of it hashed out, it will take years to do and then we can start over. This is the truth , if you leave it to the congress, senate and supremes it will be a POS. the voting populace must have maximum input.

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    OBAMA said just now, RIGHT MAKE MIGHT, I noticed it from here at FA with THE CONSERVATIVES
    ON THE RIGHT, always correcting the DEMOCRATES ON THE LEFT.
    how surprising from him to say it, but he meant for ISRAEL,

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