A poll commissioned by a Koch brothers-backed group found that most Americans oppose their right-wing policies and support mainstream Democratic policies, The Intercept reports.
The poll was covered by RealClearPolitics, which “spun the results as favorable to the Koch network” but mostly left out “the fact that the poll also surveyed Americans in detail on a number of issues they felt would help them overcome social barriers, and found that Americans are quite favorable to a set of policies that the Koch network opposes,” The Intercept reported.
Via The Intercept:
For instance, the poll found that 66 percent of Americans would find “government-paid college tuition” as a “very effective” or “somewhat effective solution” to social barriers, with more than half of those lining up on the “very effective” side.
Americans For Prosperity, the Koch-funded political advocacy organization, campaigned against free college tuition in 2016, just as the idea was becoming a central plank of Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign. AFP Wisconsin called it a “terrible idea,” while the state director of AFP Colorado called it “pie-in-the-sky.”
A $15 minimum wage was almost as popular in the poll, with 35 percent saying it would be a very effective solution and a further 30 percent saying it would be a somewhat effective solution.
The Koch brothers have long opposed government-run healthcare but their own study found that the top concern of most Americans is the growing cost of healthcare. More than 90 percent of Americans cited it as a concern and 55 percent said a government-run healthcare system would be an effective policy response.