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Even Republicans think Republican policies help the rich

A protest near the Manhattan apartment of billionaire and Republican financier David Koch on June 5, 2014 in New York City.
A protest near the Manhattan apartment of billionaire and Republican financier David Koch on June 5, 2014 in New York City.
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There are a lot of interesting details in the latest Washington Post - ABC News national poll on the midterms, but one of the more striking is that Americans, mostly regardless of income class and party, think the economic system is rigged against ordinary Americans. The Fix's Philip Bump notes that majorities of every income/party grouping other than Republicans making over $50,000 say that the economic system "generally favors the rich":

skewed rich poll

And pluralities of all but the lowest income grouping are leaning toward voting Republican in their district's House race:

party support by income level

That might not seem contradictory — after all, many Republicans would protest that their policies don't rig the system in favor of the rich. But, Bump notes, those Republicans are the minority. According to a CNN/ORC poll, Republicans themselves are likelier to say Republican policies favor the rich than they are to say they favor the middle class; the split is 47 to 41 percent for those making under $50,000, and 46 percent to 42 percent above that.

Obviously, giant majorities of Democrats (91 percent under $50,000, 96 percent above that) agree that Republican policies help the rich, but the identification of the GOP with the class interests of the wealthy even among the party rank and file is pretty striking.

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