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October 15, 2019

Republican voters say they prefer more progressive tax plans, at least when the plans are anonymous, a new poll from a progressive think tank shows.

Data for Progress, whose goal is to "show how a progressive agenda can win nationwide," worked in tandem with YouGov Blue to conduct a survey which pitted the tax plans of President Trump, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) against one another. Those polled were presented with a graph that showed prospective income tax rates for people of different incomes under each plan, but the candidates' names were nowhere to be seen.

Per the poll, Warren's plan — which would aggressively tax the wealthy at higher rates than lower-income people — was the most popular and considered the fairest overall, even among Republican voters, 35 percent of whom preferred Warren's compared to 29 percent who favored Trump's regressive tax rate.

Among Democrats, Sanders' and Warren's plans were effectively tied. Biden, meanwhile, appears to be lost in the wilderness on this one. YouGov conducted a survey of 1,024 U.S. voters online. No margin of error was reported. Read more at Data for Progress. Tim O'Donnell

July 22, 2019

Decriminalizing unauthorized border crossing is not a particularly popular idea among Americans, a new NPR/PBS News Hour/Marist poll suggests.

In total, 66 percent of those surveyed think it's a bad idea, compared to just 27 percent who support it. The debate is more split among party lines, with 87 percent of Republicans opposed compared to 47 percent of Democrats. The Democrats are split internally, as well, as 54 percent of self-identified "progressive" Democrats believe decriminalization is a "good idea," while only 34 percent of "moderate" Democrats feel the same.

There is little variation regionally (all regions hover between 66 and 67 percent in the "bad idea" category), racially (68 percent of white voters and 63 percent of non-white voters think it's a bad idea), or economically (those who make more than $50,000 per year oppose decriminalization at a 70 percent clip, while those making less oppose it at 63 percent.)

There are larger gaps between men (75 percent for bad idea) and women (57 percent), as well as among age groups, with 76 percent those between the ages of 39 and 54 opposing decriminalization, compared to 59 percent between the ages of 18 and 38. Similarly, among adults over the age of 73, 60 percent think it's a bad idea.

Essentially, the poll indicates that political persuasion is the most important indicator when it comes to stances on the issue. That's not great news for Democratic presidential candidates like former Housing Secretary Julián Castro who have pushed for decriminalizing crossings, as only the progressive left appears staunchly in favor.

The poll surveyed 1,346 adults in the United States over the phone between July 15 and July 17. The margin of error ranged from 3.5 to 5.4 percentage points across the survey's subsets. See the results on page 13 and page 26 at Marist Poll. Tim O'Donnell

November 2, 2017

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll released Thursday finds that 58 percent of Americans approve of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between President Trump's campaign and the Russian government, and 49 percent say they think it's likely Trump directly committed a crime in connection with Russian meddling in the election.

Political leanings influenced these responses — 78 percent of Democrats and 56 percent of independents approve of how Mueller is handling the investigation, compared with 38 percent of Republicans, while 82 percent of Republicans say it's unlikely Trump committed a crime, and 74 percent of Democrats and half of independents say it's likely.

Nearly 7 in 10 are in favor of Mueller filing charges against Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, and his deputy, Rick Gates, and 53 percent say those charges, as well as foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos' guilty plea for lying to the FBI, indicate broader wrongdoing by the Trump campaign; 28 percent think the wrongdoing is limited to this trio. The poll was conducted Oct. 30 through Nov. 1 among a random sample of 714 adults on phones, with a margin of sampling error of ± 4.5 percentage points. Catherine Garcia

December 9, 2015

A Bloomberg Politics poll out Wednesday reveals that Donald Trump's controversial plan to ban all Muslims from entering the United States might not lose him many votes in the GOP presidential primary. Just under two-thirds — 65 percent — of likely Republican primary voters say they "favor" the GOP frontrunner's proposal and more than a third say that it "makes them more likely to vote for him," Bloomberg reports.

Among the general voting population, Trump's plan doesn't go over quite so well: 37 percent of likely voters favor Trump's proposal and 50 percent oppose it. Just 18 percent of Democrats support the plan, with 75 percent against it. Since Trump announced the plan Monday, it has elicited widespread condemnation from figures across the political spectrum. Becca Stanek

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