Should the Rich Be Taxed More?

The OECD has published the main findings from its 2022 Risks that Matter survey. The survey covers 27,000 respondents aged 18-64 years old across 27 OECD countries. The 2022 survey, the third of its kind after being run in 2018 and 2020, asks respondents about perceived risks and their satisfaction with government’s social protection systems.

One of the many questions covered in the survey is respondents’ view on governments redistributive policy. Respondents were asked “Should the government tax the rich more than they currently do in order to support the poor?”, and could choose among “Definitely no,” “No,” “Neutral,” “Yes,” “Definitely yes,” and “Can’t choose”.

On average, around 60% of respondents across 27 countries (unweighted country average) answered yes or definitely yes, showing support for more redistributive policies. 20% were neutral, 18% said no or definitely no. The highest support for more taxation of the rich in support of the poor was in Greece, Portugal and Germany. The lowest was in Denmark, Estonia and Poland.

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