Koch Brothers’ Poll Asked Americans If They Agree With Right-Wing Policies. It Completely Backfired
For decades, Republican mega-donors Charles and David Koch have used their extensive wealth and influence to knee-cap public projects, from universal health care to public transportation.
In their effort to keep Americans from getting basic public services readily accessible in almost all other democracies on earth, the Koch brothers recently conducted a survey to gauge where the American public stands on a wide range of issues.
The poll was written up by RealClearPolitics, which spun the results as favorable to the Koch network, noting that on a set of vague values questions, Americans appeared to take the conservative or libertarian side of political arguments. But there’s a problem.
As The Intercept reported Thursday, a closer look at the results shows that far from being libertarian ideologues, a majority of Americans favor solutions that involve government intervention that benefit the people.
The poll found that a large majority of Americans thought “government-paid college tuition” would be a “very effective” or “somewhat effective solution” to social barriers. Half said it would be very effective.
65 percent of Americans supported a $15 minimum wage. 69 percent thought the government should impose stricter regulations on Wall Street. The results seem to fly in the face of the Koch brothers’ presumption that Americans lean conservative when it comes to government services.