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Tax rich heavily, says new US poll

HALF the respondents of a new American poll say taxing the richest by at least 50 percent is a great idea, while more than a third consider Twitter a fad.

Those are among the findings of a new 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll released on Sunday.

Nearly half of the respondents chose Wal-Mart as the institution that best symbolizes the United States today, ahead of Google, Microsoft, NFL and Goldman Sachs.

Dining out was chosen most often by respondents as a luxury they hate sacrificing in these tough economic times. And 5 percent thought the best way to fight obesity was to equip fast-food restaurants with scales.

A politician taking bribes is considered by far the greater sin (chosen by 37 percent of the respondents) when stacked against extramarital affairs (just 2 percent).

President Barack Obama has set a time table for a troop pullout in Iraq by 2011, but one-third of poll respondents predicted he won't be setting a time table for removing troops from Afghanistan.

Obama was edged out by George Clooney (24 percent to 26 percent) among respondents choosing "which man they would most like to trade places with for a week."

But among women, First Lady Michelle Obama was the favorite, followed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and actress Angelina Jolie.


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