By an almost two-to-one margin Americans think raising taxes on people making over $250,000 a year would both help the economy and make our tax system more fair. This is the result of a new Pew Research poll.

Not surprisingly there is a large partisan divide on an issue so politically fundamental as taxes. Democrats think it is a good thing, while Republicans think it is a bad thing. What is important politically is that Independents mainly side with Democrats in saying increasing taxes on the rich would help the economy.

Of course we have long known that raising taxes on the rich is popular. It is one of the reasons Obama made it such a prominent promise of his 2008 campaign. Now after having completely failed to enact this change during his first term, because he barely even tried, Obama gets to campaign on the exact same promise all over again.