Recently in Washington state, some Democrats have been proposing the idea of a state income tax as a way to help close our $2.8 billion budget deficit. After seeing this new poll from SurveyUSA, they’ll likely begin to tout how the “people” do indeed want to see an income tax in our state.
The poll shows that 53% of Washingtonians think a 4.5% income tax on those making above $200,000 is a good idea, while 39% do not.
Here’s the thing though. 66% of those aged 18-34 (32% of the sample) are in favor of an income tax.
How many 18-34 year-olds do you know that make more than $200,000 per year? I don’t know any.
More from Josh Ritchie at TurboTax:
Tax Foundation research shows that only 55.8% of 18-35 year olds pay any income taxes at all. The other 44.2% fall under what Tax Foundation calls the “Zero-Tax Population.” Furthermore, even the 55.8% that does pay income taxes generally pays only at the 15% rate that applies to incomes between $8,375 – $34,000, according to Bargaineering’s freshly updated list of the 2010 tax brackets. A separate Tax Foundation report also finds that 27.44% of beneficiaries of the new, wider 10% bracket are between the ages of 18-34. In short, not only are just over half of this demographic paying any taxes, they also typically pay at the second lowest rate of any age group.
Is it any wonder why 66% of the 18-34 year-old respondents in the poll are fine with taxing the “rich”? They’re not even close to making that kind of money, so their attitude is, “Sure, tax the rich. They don’t need it.” I saw this kind of mentality on display at the UW last week when students marched against budget cuts.
Here’s what the entire age breakdown looks like for the poll:
Overall, quite a sad commentary on the young people in Washington, and the Dems would be wise to resist the urge of using this poll to claim “support” for their income tax.