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Poll: Americans Support GOP Position on Fiscal Cliff

by Keith Koffler on December 13, 2012, 9:59 am

A new survey suggests that Americans would prefer to take the Republican path to avoiding the fiscal cliff over the approach favored by President Obama.

According to a Bloomberg poll of 1,000 adults conducted December 7-10, Americans by a solid 52-39 percent majority say it is better to “limit tax breaks” than “raise the tax rate” for the “wealthy.”

The White House has insisted that raising the tax rate on those who earn more than $250,000 per year must be part of a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, while Republicans are demanding that tax increases be confined to limiting tax breaks, such as income tax deductions.

Respondents did support repealing the tax cuts for households making more than $250,000 by 52-42 percent and agree that Obama has a mandate to do it. But they clearly prefer the GOP approach of limiting deductions.

Americans also agree that it is proper for Obama to insist on tax rate increases as part of a deal to cut entitlement programs. And when presented with specific options for curbing deductions, voters balk. Only 38 percent favor limiting the amount that can be deducted for home mortgages, and just 41 percent would limit deductions for charity.

But they also oppose Obama’s position that investment earnings should be taxed on a par with income. Only 36 percent say it’s “fairer for investment income to be taxed at the same rate as income from paychecks,” compared to 52 percent who say, “The lower rate encourages investment and so creates jobs.”

The poll appears weighted toward Democrats. Forty three percent said they either are Democrats or “lean Democrat,” while 34 percent are Republicans or lean Republican.

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Adam December 13, 2012 at 10:13 am

Wow, your grasping at straws…52-39 vs. 52-42 is “clearly prefer?” It seems like more like a small differnce within the margin of error.

And you should have learned from the election. Questioning a poll’s partisan makeup is pointless. The reason that there are less GOPers inthe poll is that there are less GOPers in the country.

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Susan December 13, 2012 at 11:21 am

Polls are pure bunk, in my opinion. I have to disagree with your assertion that there are less Republicans in the country. While we took a real beating at the national level, did you know that after this past election Republicans have control of more state offices than they have had in the past 60 years? Thirty Republican governors out of 50 is pretty amazing. That’s the way we effect real change – from the bottom up.

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Adam December 13, 2012 at 11:43 am

You’ll never learn. Polls are not pure bunk.

I don’t think you understand the difference between who votes in midterm elections and who lives in this country. This is a poll of all adults, not registered voters, not likely voters in a general election and certainly not likely voters in off year state senate and house races.

The fact is every poll is going to show more Dems than GOPers. Even right leaning Rasmussen is showing the generic ballot as 46%-36% for the Dems among likely voters. So this poll showing a +9 towards the Dems among all adults may be actually a GIOP lean poll.

Sorry, the truth hurts.

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Susan December 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm

You have your opinion and I have mine. What say you about Republicans holding more state offices after the 2012 elections than they have held in the last 60 years?

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Adam December 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm

They gerrymandered the distics to make it impossible for them to lse after their 2010 wins.

An example of that can be seen in the fact that Dem candidates got over 1.5 million more votes than GOP candidates but still lost the house. In states like PA and OH, the GOP lost the popular vote in the state, but wound up winning a vast amjority of the congressional races.

The GOP mnatra seems to be “If we can’t get people to agree with our ideas, we’ll just rig the disticts so we can win with a minority of voters.”

They aren’t even hiding this, actually. It’s the reason why PA flirted with going to an electoral vote by congressional district model.

The reality is the majority of American’s don’t really care for the GOP ideas.

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Susan December 13, 2012 at 1:13 pm

So you’re saying the Republicans won by cheating? Just imagine how much more “cheating” we could have done in this election if military votes weren’t destroyed in mysterious plane crashes and our pesky voter ID laws weren’t stymied by your virtuous Department of Injustice.

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Adam December 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm

No, It’s absolutely not cheating. It’s perfectly legal and understandable. But don’t confuse it with some sort of popular mandate in the GOP or their policies

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Susan December 13, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Just as you shouldn’t confuse your messiah’s win as some sort of popular mandate for socialism.

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Adam December 13, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I don’t know where anywhere in this thread anything was mentioned about ‘socialism’

The question was whether raising the tax rates is preferable to closing loopholes. Raising the top end marginal rate by 2-4% is hardly socialism.

The question is does Obama have a mandate to raise taxes on the top two brackets. There is no question about that. He campiagned unambiguosly on it for 2 years and American people decided. That’s how Demcoracy works.

BTW: maybe if you and other in the GOP had stopped calling President Obama names and insulting his voters you would have fared better. When I was canvassing in Cleveland, you have no idea how many Dem voters said that the treatment of Obama by the rightwing media was motivation to vote.

Susan December 13, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Those are some mighty-fine uninformed voters who voted their emotions over the freedom and liberty of their progeny. Guess all that agitprop the anointed one has been delivering to his fawning adorers has worked wonders.

Just2old December 13, 2012 at 10:59 am

I wonder, out of the 1,000 people polled, how many actually pay any income tax?

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Julie December 13, 2012 at 11:15 am

Was this the same poll that said we’d be swearing in “President Romney” in January?

Look I want to believe this as much as anybody, but the truth is, the GOP looks like the Grinch in this tale. Until they can successfully communicate their intent, the masses will greatly distrust the GOP. It doesn’t matter how ‘tough’ Boehner and the boys are in private when they look weak in public.

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cincycinco December 13, 2012 at 12:53 pm

“Until they can successfully communicate their intent…” – Julie

This is not something Republicans excel at, and it doesn’t help that the media will twist everything a Republican says to Obama’s advantage, if they bother to report it at all. Under current circumstances, I would look for Republican sucess in communication at about the same time the Titanic makes port…

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Adam December 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I’m sorry, when you say ‘media” are you referring to the most read newspaper, the most watched cable channel, most listened to radio program, and one of the most visited website ? Because all of them are owned and operated by the far right.

It’s time to stop blaming the ‘mainstream’ media. The conservative media is the mainstream media in this country. Maybe it’s time to stop blamig the messenger and start blaming the message

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Quintus Arrius December 13, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Agree. The conservatives are way behind the curve on this one. The future of Americans wil be long lines, shortages, and higher prices.
The “Land of Plenty” will be replaced by the “Land of Plenty of Waiting for Nothing.” THAT is a reality. Think waiting for to ride Space Mountain at Disneyland in July. (A two hour wait for a 5 minute ride with a $90 admission ticket.)

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Danceswithtruth December 13, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I think the GOP could talk until they are blue in the face and it would matter not. We have a culture issue. There sure are a lot of liberal individuals in theory. In practice, they are more conservative than they will ever admit. It’s fine to say you support something until the consequences become personal.

I think any die-hard liberal would be outraged if they came home to find a family of five squatting in their home. They would look around at the mess that had been made, the food that had been consumed, the utilities that had been used, etc. I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t take long for them to demand they get out of their house. “But, but, we have no place to go. We are just trying to make a better place for ourselves and our children. Please let us stay for a year or two. You, of course, will have to support us entirely because we have no jobs and no money. Our children will need to go to school, you can arrange all that too, right?” It’s fine to be liberal when you are expecting others to actually practice what you are preaching.

Or how about this: Leaving for work, the liberal no more than gets out the door from cashing his paycheck and is accosted by government officials telling him to hand over 10% of his paycheck so it can be given to this man/lady right here who doesn’t have a job. Come on now, hand it over. Pretty sure, again, this would not go over well at all. Course, it’s easy to be liberal with other people’s money. Different story when it comes to your own.

I also love how “liberal” a lot of these welfare recipients are. They are just oozing generosity. They never stand in lines to ensure they receive even more. They never work the system by going to every food pantry in the area. They never shout you down on Black Friday to make sure they “get theirs”. (sarc/off)

Yep, liberals. Perhaps if they practiced what they preached it wouldn’t look so appealing to them either.

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lc southern December 13, 2012 at 7:17 pm

What people say they support and what will happen when they have to pay taxes or lose benefits will be interesting come April 15th…

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