Monday, September 19, 2011

Tax (My Neighbor) Please

The Big Picture has an interesting table outlining recent polling results asking how individuals would prefer the budget deficit to be reduced; taxes (higher) or spending (lower). The chart below summarizes the most recent polls for each (some had more than one) and normalizes the responses by taking those for some / all taxes and dividing that by the number selecting no taxes (I did this as not all polls added to 100).

The Results

The results varied by survey showing there is always bias in polling (the NY Times -liberal- is near the top and Rasmussen -conservative- is near the bottom), but an overwhelming number of individuals favor at least some increase in taxation.