But to answer your question, I think tons of Americans would strenuously object to a payroll tax increase. Millions of Americans oppose tax increases on other people (e.g. raising the top income tax bracket…
In abstract, Americans object to tax raises in general. Hence my comment about “perceived value”.
When people *normally* want to raise taxes, they raise them in the abstract. That’s a nonstarter.
Now, a tax increase that is earmarked for a purchase of value? Entirely different story. I am a Tea Party conservative when it comes to taxes. But if you tell me the tax increase is earmarked for something I want, I’m listening.