The New York Times has a fascinating new poll out today (10/26/11); too bad the paper doesn’t emphasize the most newsworthy findings.
The headline is:
New Poll Finds a Deep Distrust of Government
That’s based on the poll’s finding that the public doesn’t have much faith in government. But paragraph four offers a more striking finding:
With nearly all Americans remaining fearful that the economy is stagnating or deteriorating further, two-thirds of the public said that wealth should be distributed more evenly in the country. Seven in 10 Americans think the policies of congressional Republicans favor the rich. Two-thirds object to tax cuts for corporations and a similar number prefer increasing income taxes on millionaires.
So the public favors–by a substantial margin–greater income redistribution and higher taxes on the super-wealthy. And they oppose cutting taxes on corporations.
Perhaps the unwillingnessof the government to do those things contributes to public distrust of that government.