A new poll this morning indicates that Americans greatly prefer returning marginal tax rates on income earned above$250,000 to 1990s levels over cutting Medicare and Medicaid. 21 percent support cutting Medicare with 78 percent opposed, while 30 percent support cuts to Medicaid against 69 percent opposed. Meanwhile, 72 percent support permitting the tax rate to return to pre-Bush Jr. levels, with only 27 percent opposed.
Meanwhile, across America, electorates have already soured on many Republicans who won office in November.
“North Carolinians are strongly opposed to the cuts in education that legislative Republicans have proposed and as a result the new GOP majority is now less popular with the voters than the Democrats they replaced just a few months ago.”
“A December PPP poll shortly before [Florida Governor Rick] Scott took office found that only 33% of Florida voters had a favorable opinion of their new Governor to 43% who viewed him negatively. After a few months in office those numbers have only gotten worse- Scott’s approval rating is just 32% while 55% of voters in the state are unhappy with his work so far.”
In Ohio, John Kasich’s unpopular crusade against public employees’ bargaining rights resulted in “just a 35% approval rating and 54% of voters disapproving of him. His approval with people who voted for him is already all the way down to 71%, while he’s won over just 5% of folks who report having voted for Ted Strickland last fall. Particularly concerning for him is a 33/54 spread with independents.”
It’ll be interesting to see how Democrats manage to lose this PR battle.