Clinton, judged winner of debate, holds big national lead over Sanders

20 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Clinton, judged winner of debate, holds big national lead over Sanders.

Aided by her performance in the first Democratic debate, Hillary Rodham Clinton has regained much of the ground she lost during a summer of controversy and holds a dominating lead nationally over Sen. Vice President Biden, who has yet to announce whether he will join the Democratic race in the coming days or weeks, runs third amid signs of slippage over the past month.

By a margin of better than 2-to-1, Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents rated Clinton over Sanders as the winner of last week’s debate in Las Vegas. The debate was the first of three events this month that are seen as important tests for Clinton, whose candidacy has been hurt by questions about the security of the private e-mail server and account she used while serving as secretary of state. On Thursday, Clinton will testify before the House committee that is investigating the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 and 12, 2012, which led to the deaths of four Americans.

Under the current rate system, short-term capital gains from assets held for one year or less are taxed at ordinary income rates, which can be as high as 39.6%. Then, on Saturday, she will join other Democratic presidential candidates at the Jefferson Jackson Dinner in Iowa, a quadrennial testing ground that eight years ago provided a significant boost to then-Sen. The senator from Vermont, who has tapped energy among those in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, saw his support rise steadily through the spring and summer. A report by the Congressional Budget Office found that 68% of the tax-saving benefits from lower rates on long-term gains and dividends go to the top 1% of earners.

According to her website, Clinton would also cut taxes for families to increase their take-home pay as they face rising costs for child care, health care, and sending their kids to college. She supports enacting the so-called “Buffett Rule,” which would ensure that millionaires don’t pay lower effective tax rates than their secretaries and close tax loopholes and breaks that benefit the wealthiest taxpayers. None of the other candidates included in the poll — former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, former senator Jim Webb of Virginia or former Rhode Island senator and governor Lincoln Chafee — registered more than 2 percent. Clinton says she would also provide tax relief for small businesses and would create a new 15% tax credit for companies that share profits with workers on top of wages and pay increases.

In last Wednesday’s debate, Clinton didn’t say much about taxes except that the rich will have to cough up more to pay for lots of government-provided goodies — like “free” college. In a related question, asked of all adults, 37 percent predicted that she would win the general election, while 20 percent say Republican candidate Donald Trump would win. Among Democrats, Clinton leads Sanders on who is “closer to you” on the issues by 53-36 percent and on who “understands the problems of people like you” by 51-37 percent. He would also increase the estate tax rate to 50% for estates over $10 million, to 55% for estates over $50 million, and to 65% for estates over $1 billion (the current federal estate tax rate is a flat 40%). Finally, Sanders would impose a new financial transactions levy that would tax stock trades at 0.5%, bond trades at 0.1%, and derivatives trades at 0.005%.

Peyton reports and conducts national and regional news polls for the Washington Post, with a focus on politics, elections and other social and economic issues.

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