National Survey Finds People Strongly Favor Taxing the Rich to Pay for Caregiving Priorities

WASHINGTON – MomsRising and the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) released the results of a new national survey today that finds voters on both sides of the aisle overwhelmingly support raising taxes on the wealthiest individuals and corporations to help invest in caregiving priorities, such as child care, elder and disability care, and paid family and medical leave.

The survey also asked respondents about their views on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was passed into law by Congressional Republicans in 2017. It finds that two-thirds of voters across party lines support getting rid of the 2017 tax cuts for the wealthiest 1 percent. The survey also shows strong public support for using the extra tax revenue from eliminating tax loopholes for the rich to invest in caregiving priorities.

“This survey confirms what moms have long been telling us, that they want a tax system where everyone pays their fair share and a federal government that addresses the most pressing needs we face,” said Elyssa Schmier, Vice President of MomsRising. “Voters will not accept Republicans creating deep deficits by refusing to tax the wealthiest among us and then using the resulting shortfalls as an excuse not to support paid family and medical leave and affordable child, elder and disability care. All lawmakers would be wise to support ending the tax breaks for the richest individuals and corporations and using the revenues to support a care infrastructure that will help moms, families, businesses and our economy thrive.”

“Our polling underscores that the public wants to make long overdue public investments in care by ensuring that billionaires and giant corporations pay their fair share,” said Amy Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Income Security at NWLC. “We have a major tax fight coming up in 2025 and it’s essential that lawmakers reject the failed strategy of trickle-down economics in favor of a fairer tax code that will help make the investments that women and families need.”

Among the findings from the new survey:

  • Respondents overwhelmingly support (77%) increasing investments in the care agenda by raising taxes on the wealthiest and big corporations, including a majority of respondents who identify as Independents (80%) or Republicans (59%).
    • Black women (70%) and Gen Z women (57%) are the subgroups most likely to strongly favor this proposal.
    • 65% of respondents believe that investing in care priorities will have a positive impact on the economy and job market.
  • Two-thirds of respondents (66%) across party lines oppose extending the 2017 tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent, including the vast majority of respondents who identify as Independents (70%).

​​​​To read more about the findings from the national survey, click here.

The online dial survey, conducted by Lake Research Partners for MomsRising and the National Women’s Law Center from January 31 to February 11, 2024 reached 1,530 likely 2024 voters nationwide, plus oversamples of 100 Black women voters, 100 Latina voters, 100 Asian American Pacific Islander women voters, 100 Gen Z women ages 18-26, and 100 parents of a child under 12.