Conservatives often focus on the wrong questions, and this poll, which plays into the caricature of "tax-and-spend" liberalism and the specter of government taking money from hard-working people and giving it to people who are less deserving, is a prime example. Ask people about the direction that progressives actually embrace as opposed to the stereotype presented by conservatives, and they will side with progressives. For example, a February 2008 Associated Press/Ipsos poll found that 70 percent of respondents thought that "increasing spending on domestic programs like health care, education, and housing" would help fix the country's economic problems. A January 2008 Fortune Magazine poll found that 67 percent would support "increasing government spending on things like public-works projects to help create jobs." Bush administration economic policies, if anything, have fostered a redistribution of wealth upward, creating an unprecedented economic gap between the very wealthy and the rest of the country. Progressives believe this is wrong, and most of the country agrees.
Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Feb. 4-6, 2008, cited in PollingReport.com.
Fortune Magazine poll conducted by Abt SRBI. Jan. 14-16, 2008, cited in PollingReport.com.