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    We grappled with the wording quite a bit before settling on this. We always strive to make our phrasing as unimpeachable as possible — we want to know what people really think, after all.

    This one was a little tricky because Obama was talking about income taxes, but rhetorically, he can reduce that to just "millionaires." (A smart move.) We had to specify "people who make over a million dollars a year," because of course you could be worth a million bucks but have earned $0 in the last however many years. Obama doesn't have to be quite so pedantic in his speeches, nor should he be.

    On the flipside, it really is a simple concept! So we had that going for us.

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    by David Nir on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 09:40:29 AM PDT

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    •  As a survey researcher, I know how hard it is (1+ / 0-)
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      to word questions.  This one was a little confusing, but I honestly couldn't think of a better way to do it.  And if it confused people, I think you would have had a much more namby-pamby response.
      Using millionaires was necessary because of what you were tying it to and to make the concept simple and straightforward, but I bet most of the supporters would also support fair taxes on those making $250,000 and above.  In fact, in the middle of the country, that income break could be even lower.
      (In the D.C. suburbs, where I live, $100,000/year is not at all a high salary -- many desperately stretched people, both adults in the family working full time, make $100,000.  But they're also paying $4,000 or $5,000/month, or even more, on a mortgage (on a modest home).  And they have to pay utilities, buy food, gas and pay for childcare in a high cost area.  But in other parts of the country, that $100,000/year is a pretty decent income.)

      If, in our efforts to win, we become as dishonest as our opponents on the right, we don't deserve to triumph.

      by Tamar on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 09:59:10 AM PDT

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        As I note elsewhere in the thread, there's generally huge support for tax increases for $250K+ earners. But like I say, we wanted to hew as closely as possible to the president's actual rhetoric, since that's what's on the table.

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        by David Nir on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 10:19:48 AM PDT

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