Elon Poll: North Carolina Backs Millionaires' Tax Hike

A university's poll of North Carolina residents finds President Barack Obama and Democrats are persuasive when they say millionaires should pay higher taxes.

The Elon Poll released Friday found that two-thirds of the people polled support raising taxes on Americans with incomes over $1 million per year, an idea Democrats have floated to pay for job stimulus and debt reduction. Nearly three out of 10 oppose the millionaire's surtax, while few are left undecided.

The poll has a sampling error margin of 4 percentage points.

The survey of 529 North Carolina adults was conducted between Sunday and Wednesday. Pollsters questioned participants who were at home and using either land-line or cell phones.

The poll does not measure eligible or likely voters, but takes a snapshot of general public opinion.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous on Nov 5, 2011 at 12:16 AM
    I din't realize WITN had so many Millionaires posting on their site.
  • by Skeeter Location: Raleigh NC on Nov 4, 2011 at 06:53 PM
    Sure would like to know the questions that the poll asked! Remember when a child will ask a parent "You don't want me to spend the night at my friend's, do you?" You knew the answer that the child wanted. Wonder if the poll questions were of this sort? Also would like to know how many people (households) were included in the poll. You could ask (poll) 10 people a question and report the results as a poll, and the news media would report it as if the majority of people had answered the poll!
  • by The flood on Nov 4, 2011 at 03:42 PM
    All this shows is that people are fine with higher taxes as long as they are on someone else. Not really surprising given how clueless most people are.
  • by hers's fact for U hate the richers... on Nov 4, 2011 at 03:26 PM
    Chew on this...to make the top 1%, you only need to earn 350,000. If you earn more than 50,000, you're in the top 10%. Your rich need to pay more argument is a joke!
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      by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2011 at 05:40 PM in reply to hers's fact for U hate the richers...
      Yeah, drag down another 9% of the population to help justify your own greed.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Nov 7, 2011 at 12:53 PM in reply to Anonymous
        What greed? Is is greed if someone makes more money than you do? Is it greed if someone works for 30 years and makes more than you do? What are your rules to who is rich? You never get that answer however, again, please tell us what poor man you work for?
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          by Frank Sinatra on Nov 7, 2011 at 04:53 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          Well said
  • by Poll huh Location: NC on Nov 4, 2011 at 01:16 PM
    These results are a short survey of those people only that enoy taking polls and think their opinions will really be counted. That is another reason I and non affiliated. I do not want the dems or repubs to say to themselves we can count on at least his/her vote.
  • by People Need to Know on Nov 4, 2011 at 01:04 PM
    Not really the place to post this, but it does have to do with people working and I guess those working people will make themselves or others rich. The DNC convention with is coming to Charlotte in 2012 is discriminating against companies in North Carolina. See North Carolina is a “Right to work state” but the Democrats in charge of the 2012 convention in Charlotte have found a way to get around that (In order to provide jobs for their union buddies.) Now Charlotte, Anthony Foxx stated that this convention would be a boon for their local economy and an opportunity for the city’s local business owners. His opponent in the Charlotte Mayoral election, Scott Stone stated “I think one of two things is going to happen: either the workers are going to come from out-of-state, either Chicago or Philly, and they’re going to come and get the work,” Stone said. “Or, they’re going to force local people, local employees and local companies, to unionize if they want to get a piece of this project. So, one of those two things is going to happen and neither one is good.” Seems he was right. In order to get the DNC’s business, companies are being asked to unionize their employees regardless of if the employees want a union or not. And if not, they don’t get the work. I guess the Democrats think that discrimination is still legal. To read more about this go to the link : http://www.redstate.com/aglanon/2011/11/03/2012-dnc-discriminates-against-charlotte-businesses-demands-unionization/
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Nov 4, 2011 at 12:48 PM
    I told you people that America is behind Obama. Why in the world would you be against something that's going to help you? You people are insane! Obama/Biden2012
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      by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2011 at 01:44 PM in reply to Lavon
      More bull from the overflowing Latrine.
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      by The Borg on Nov 4, 2011 at 03:06 PM in reply to Lavon
      Don't worry. This poll is totally unbiased. They polled people on the Left Coast and New York. Flyover country got ignored. Wow! You can make a poll say anything you want, if you just poll the right people.
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Nov 6, 2011 at 04:50 AM in reply to Lavon
      Yep, we are behind him...that is where we are going to kick him in 2012....Say goodbye Latrine, he is outta here, one swift big kick....
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Nov 4, 2011 at 12:37 PM
    A poll from the most Liberal school in the state.... yeas, even further left than UNC. Nor does it say where the sampling was taken. If a poll is limited to the Chapel Hill - Carrboro area the result will be different if taken in the Jacksonville and Fayetteville areas. So consider the source of this poll. It means absolutely nothing.
  • by ? on Nov 4, 2011 at 12:27 PM
    It's amazing how blind some people are, what part of income tax do these people not understand? If I make one million dollars and I'm taxed at, let’s say, 1%, I'm still paying more then most people; in fact I'd have to pay four times as much in taxes just to match that if I’m taxed at 15% while making twenty thousand dollars, so every four years I would pay about three thousand dollars more then what a one millionaire would pay in one year at a 1% tax rate. So even with all the tax breaks, all the cuts, they still pay more then the average person. The only people not affected by all this are retirees, but all that money has already been taxed so that shouldn’t matter.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2011 at 05:44 PM in reply to ?
      Pal, maybe I've one too many, but you need to run that by me again. ------------------------------------------------------ " If I make one million dollars and I'm taxed at, let’s say, 1%, I'm still paying more then most people; in fact I'd have to pay four times as much in taxes just to match that if I’m taxed at 15% while making twenty thousand dollars, so every four years I would pay about three thousand dollars more then what a one millionaire would pay in one year at a 1% tax rate."
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Nov 4, 2011 at 12:20 PM
    For those that want millionaires to pay higher taxes. You have your wish!!!! 100 years ago!!
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