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 WarrenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic Unity Taskforce unveils party platform recommendations Progressive activist Ady Barkan endorses Biden, urges him to pick Warren as VP Congress must act now to fix a Social Security COVID-19 glitch and expand, not cut, benefits MORE (D-Mass.), who has launched a 2020 exploratory committee, proposed a wealth tax last month. 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTammy Duckworth is the epitome of the American Dream On The Money: Deficit rises to record .7 trillion amid pandemic: CBO | Democrats sidestep budget deal by seeking 0B in emergency spending | House panel advances spending bill with funding boost to IRS Biden-Sanders unity task force calls for Fed, US Postal Service consumer banking MORE (I-Vt.), another potential 2020 contender, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Sanders-Biden climate task force calls for carbon-free power by 2035 | Park Police did not record radio transmissions during June 1 sweep of White House protesters | Court upholds protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears Biden-Sanders 'unity task force' rolls out platform recommendations Sanders-Biden climate task force calls for carbon-free power by 2035 MORE (D-N.Y.) have also called for higher taxes on the wealthy. 

— Julia Manchester