Analyst says most Americans don't take issue with higher taxes on the wealthy

Political analyst Vanessa Williamson said in an interview that aired on "What America's Thinking" that the majority of Americans do not have a problem with higher taxes on the wealthy. 

"Even though at the elite level of Washington you hear so much anti-tax rhetoric, rank-and-file Americans are actually very happy to tax the wealthy," Williamson, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on Tuesday. 

A new Hill-HarrisX survey released on Wednesday found that 74 percent of Americans said they would support an annual 2 percent tax on people with assets more than $50 million and a 3 percent tax on people with assets in excess of $1 billion. 

"This question, in particular, named millionaires and billionaires specifically," Williamson said, referring to the survey. "When you say 'very rich,' some people think, 'Oh maybe a doctor.' When you say 'millionaires' and 'billionaires' people are like, 'Oh, you can tax those folks for sure.'" 

The poll's results could be good news for multiple Democrats. 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan On The Money: Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump | Trump to offer B aid package for farmers | House votes to boost retirement savings | Study says new tariffs to double costs for consumers Overnight Energy: Democrats ask if EPA chief misled on vehicle emissions | Dem senators want NBC debate focused on climate change | 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan MORE (D-Mass.), who has launched a 2020 exploratory committee, proposed a wealth tax last month. 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Democrats join striking McDonald's workers Billionaire's M gift to Morehouse grads points way to student debt solution Poll: Nearly half of Clinton's former supporters back Biden MORE (I-Vt.), another potential 2020 contender, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOn The Money: Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump | Trump to offer B aid package for farmers | House votes to boost retirement savings | Study says new tariffs to double costs for consumers Murkowski celebrates birthday with electric scooter ride Warren, Ocasio-Cortez press Mnuchin on role in Sears bankruptcy MORE (D-N.Y.) have also called for higher taxes on the wealthy. 

— Julia Manchester