Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011 | 2:01 a.m.
The term “the American people” always starts one of those debates that ends up stalling or halting any action in Congress. I seriously doubt those on Capitol Hill know what Americans want while they isolate themselves in their sanitized cocoons. A number of polls released over the past few months indicate what exactly the people know and want.
One by American Express, which polled people making more than six figures, showed 65 percent support higher taxes on millionaires. Public Policy Polling in September showed Tea Party members supported taxes on the wealthy by 52 percent versus 29 percent who opposed. The same polls showed Republicans in general were in favor of taxes on wealthy by 66 percent versus 17 percent opposed. A CBS News poll spanning September and October indicated Independents support tax increases by 65 percent where only 28 percent oppose. A NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed Americans favored tax increases by 81 percent.
Who are politicians in Washington listening to? Each other? Certainly not the people.
Another poll by ABC and The Washington Post shows people believe President Barack Obama cares about the middle class by 52 percent over Republicans with 32 percent. When asked about the American Jobs Act, 52 percent polled wanted the bill passed versus 36 percent who opposed.