Reporter says majority appears to favor progressive tax plans

Morning Consult reporter Eli Yokely on Friday told Hill.TV that most Americans appear to favor tax plans from progressive figures like Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersO'Rourke faces pressure from left on 'Medicare for all' O'Rourke says he won't use 'f-word' on campaign trail O'Rourke not planning, but not ruling out big fundraisers MORE (I-Vt.). 

"Folks don't think the rich pay enough," Yokley told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on "What America's Thinking." 

"We've seen that in polling on a lot of the polling on taxes recently. A lot of these plans from Bernie Sanders, from AOC [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBeto could give Biden and Bernie a run for their money Left-wing Dems in minority with new approach to spending Lawmakers contemplate a tough political sell: Raising their pay MORE (D-N.Y.)], [Sen.] Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenO'Rourke faces pressure from left on 'Medicare for all' O'Rourke says he won't use 'f-word' on campaign trail O'Rourke not planning, but not ruling out big fundraisers MORE [D-Mass.], have been very popular," he continued.

"That's something I think President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoint Chiefs chairman denies report that US is planning to keep 1K troops in Syria Kansas Department of Transportation calls Trump 'delusional communist' on Twitter Trump has privately voiced skepticism about driverless cars: report MORE is probably thinking about as the Republican plan that passed last year has lost the popularity of the public," she continued. 

A Hill-HarrisX survey released last month found that 59 percent of Americans said they supported the concept of raising the top tax rate in the U.S. to 70 percent. 

Ocasio-Cortez first floated that idea in a "60 Minutes" interview last month. 

While Americans appear to be warming to the idea of higher taxes on the wealthy, polling does not show positive signs for the Republican tax policy, which cut taxes for businesses and individuals. 

A Gallup survey conducted in October found that 39 percent of Americans said they approved of the plan, while 46 percent said they disapproved.

The tax plan also received negative headlines this week amid reports of lower tax refunds. 

— Julia Manchester