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 WarrenJam-packed primary poses a serious threat to Democrats in 2020 Pence hits 2020 Dems for skipping AIPAC Poll: Biden, Sanders lead Trump in Iowa MORE (D-Mass.), who has launched a 2020 exploratory committee, proposed a wealth tax last month. 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersJam-packed primary poses a serious threat to Democrats in 2020 Treason narrative collapses; who bears responsibility? Pence hits 2020 Dems for skipping AIPAC MORE (I-Vt.), another potential 2020 contender, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezEx-GOP lawmaker Handel to run for her former Georgia seat in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Mueller report is huge win for President Trump This week: Congress set for next stage of Mueller probe fight MORE (D-N.Y.) have also called for higher taxes on the wealthy. 

— Julia Manchester