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 WarrenButtigieg tweeted support for 'Medicare for All' in 2018 Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems change drug pricing bill to address progressive concerns | Top Republican rejects Dem proposal on surprise medical bills | Vaping group launches Fox News ad blitz Hillicon Valley: FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Dems wrangle over breaking up Big Tech at debate | Critics pounce as Facebook's Libra stumbles | Zuckerberg to be interviewed by Fox News | Twitter details rules for political figures' tweets MORE (D-Mass.), who has launched a 2020 exploratory committee, proposed a wealth tax last month. 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems change drug pricing bill to address progressive concerns | Top Republican rejects Dem proposal on surprise medical bills | Vaping group launches Fox News ad blitz Democrats have reason to worry after the last presidential debate Krystal Ball on Sanders debate performance: 'He absolutely hit it out of the park' MORE (I-Vt.), another potential 2020 contender, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez, Thunberg, Rapinoe make BBC's 100 most inspiring women of 2019 Former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey endorses Biden Democratic strategist on Sanders debate performance: 'I just think he might've topped out' MORE (D-N.Y.) have also called for higher taxes on the wealthy. 

— Julia Manchester