A compelling majority of Americans favor raising taxes on people who make more than $400,000 per year, according to a new poll published Thursday by the New York Times and Survey Monkey.\r\n\r\nAccording to the poll, fully two-thirds of Americans support a tax hike for anyone whose annual income exceeds $400,000, while maintaining current taxation levels for those earning less than that amount.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022Nobody making under 400,000 bucks would have their taxes raised, period, bingo.\u0022\r\n—Joe Biden, May 2020\r\n\r\nAmong people who identify as either Democrats or Democrat-leaning, support for raising taxes on those making more than $400,000 is, at 88%, overwhelming. A solid 70% of self-described independents back such an increase, while nearly half (45%) of people identifying as Republicans or Republican-leaning favor the hike.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nAmong wealthier Americans—those earning $150,000 or more annually—62% said people making more than $400,000 should pay more tax.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nA U.S. worker who is paid $400,000 falls just below the threshold of the top 1%, according to figures from the Economic Policy Institute.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nThe issue, and the $400,000 figure, made headlines during the 2020 presidential election when Democratic nominee Joe Biden\u0026nbsp;pledged that \u0022nobody making under 400,000 bucks would have their taxes raised, period, bingo.\u0022\r\n\r\nSince the election, the president-elect has affirmed his plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, but not on anyone earning less than $400,000. Biden\u0026#039;s tax plan would raise the top tax rate for people with the highest incomes to 39.6%.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n“Nobody making less than $400,000 a year will pay a penny more in tax under my proposal,” says Joe Biden. “That’s a guarantee, a promise.” https://t.co/vYylf6AUYx pic.twitter.com/MKYFcQEE5x\r\n— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) October 26, 2020\r\n\r\n\r\nOn related issues of economic inequality, the new survey also found that nearly two-thirds (64%) of respondents favor making four-year public colleges and universities tuition-free for any students whose families earn less than $125,000 annually. There was even a wider ideological gap on this issue, with 87% of Democrats but only 36% of Republicans backing the policy. People without four-year college degrees favored the measure over those with degrees, 65% to 60%.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nThe poll also found overwhelming support for emergency paid leave for sick gig and seasonal economy workers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with 84% of all respondents backing the move. Almost all—96%—Democrats, 88% of independents, and 73% of Republicans favored this proposal.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nThe survey comes a day after the Economic Policy Institute released an analysis of new U.S. wage data showing that the yearly income of the top 1% in the U.S.—which averaged nearly $738,000 in 2018—skyrocketed 160% between 1979 and 2019, while wages for the bottom 90% rose just 26% over the same 40-year period. The top 0.1%, those making an average of $2.82 million, enjoyed a staggering 345% gain since 1979.