In other news, water is wet.
From WaPo, easily summed up by their graphic:
What explains that massive disparity between Democrats and Republicans/Independents when it comes to the tax system?
Part of the answer may well be that Democrats are broadly supportive of the idea that government can and should collect taxes in order to provide services for the American public while Republicans and independents are more skeptical about giving money to the federal government to spend.
Another part may be that the tax question winds up being read by partisans as a broader test of their feelings about the federal government. Democrats, with President Obama in the White House, are more likely to feel favorably (or at least express a favorable opinion) about the government. Republicans are not.
Democrats liked big taxes under other administrations, they just liked them for their programs. Under Obama, the well-meaning but foolish Democrats get more of their pet “save the world” projects, and they get plenty of self-serving plunder to boot; and the ill-meaning collapse-the-system Democrats get to hurt the “evil” producers in order to create “social justice”. The power to tax is the power to destroy, and they use the power to tax to target people they want to destroy.
It’s more than simply viewing the government as a nanny state that takes care of everything and the feeling that money comes from nowhere. It’s also viewing the government as a benevolent wonderful provider of a utopian state that can only be realized once all the evil people who hate utopia are eliminated… through taxation driving them away.
The tax system is a weapon, and they wield it as such against perceived class enemies. Nothing really new here to those in the know, just confirmation. (Sort of like how every year at Christmas a study comes up showing conservatives give more to all charities because liberals think they “gave at the office” through taxes. Liberals are amazed, conservatives go “yeah, and?”)