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 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.). 

"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-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.)], [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.], have been very popular," he continued.

"That's something I think President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' 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