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The Surprising Popularity of 'Far Left' Policies

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But what about those "far left" issues? Well, raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy--which is, of course, what Kara Eastman proposed--is a quite popular position. The latest polling on this was a CBS News poll from last year (10/27--30/17) which found 56 percent in favor of raising taxes on large corporations, and 58 percent wanting higher taxes for "wealthy Americans." This was, of course, before the massive tax breaks given to corporations and the wealthy by the Republican Congress.

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As for marijuana, broad majorities are in favor of legalizing it, according to polls by Quinnipiac (63 percent, 4/20--24/18), CBS (59 percent, 4/11--15/18), Pew (61 percent, 10/25--30/17) and Gallup (64 percent, 10/5--11/17).

Universal healthcare is not quite as popular as pot, but it's also pretty popular. When Gallup (11/2--8/17) asked, "Do you think it is the responsibility of the federal government to make sure all Americans have health care coverage," 56 percent said yes. Kaiser (10/5--10/17) found 53 percent in favor of "having a national health plan in which all Americans would get their insurance from a single government plan."

With universal background checks, we actually have polling on the impact that position would have on people's likelihood to vote for a congressional candidate. "Would you definitely vote for or definitely vote against a candidate for Congress who wants to require background checks for gun purchases at gun shows or other private sales?" the Marist poll (4/10--13/18) asked. Eighty-six percent said they would vote "definitely for" a candidate who took that "far left" position.

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One starts to get the suspicion that these candidates are not really "far left" at all, and Jeff Bezos' Post is just telling you that they are in order to scare you away from voting for them.

 

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Extra!  Magazine Editor  Since 1990, Jim Naureckas has been the editor of Extra! , FAIR's bimonthly journal of media criticism. He is the co-author of  The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error (more...)
 

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