Posted Apr 12, 2013 at 8:31 AM by Maurice Berger
A new poll by the Washington Post-ABC News reports that 53% of Democrats see the income tax system favorably; 43% view it unfavorably. For Republicans and independents, the answer is reversed (and then some):66% of the former and 62% of the latter have an unfavorable opinion of the tax system.
Posted Dec 17, 2012 at 9:16 AM by Maurice Berger
A poll by NBC News/Wall Street Journal reports that almost two-thirds of Americans say they favor a balanced deal to
reduce the deficit -- consisting of both higher tax rates and cuts to
key entitlement programs. In a key finding in the survey, 65% believe that congressional leaders should make compromises to
deal with the budget deficit. The support for compromise is broad and wide: 68% of Democrats, 66% of Republicans and 56% of political independents support this position.
Posted Nov 13, 2012 at 8:48 AM by Maurice Berger
While much has been made of shifting demographics in this election cycle--and it is clear from exit polling that an uptick in African-American, Hispanic, and young voters and a decrease in white participation from 2008 made a big difference in the outcome--it is easy to forget that on the issues, the GOP lost as well. As NBC News' Mark Murray, reports: "For years, the GOP has branded itself as the party that supports low
taxes (especially for the wealthy) and opposes abortion and gay
marriage. But according to the exit polls from last week's presidential
election, a combined 60% said that tax rates should increase either for
everyone or for those making more than $250,000. Just 35% said the tax
rates shouldn't increase for anyone."
Murray continues: "What's more, 59% said that abortion should be legal in all or most
cases. And by a 49%-to-46% margin, voters said that their states should
legally recognize same-sex marriage."
Posted Dec 10, 2010 at 1:50 AM by Maurice Berger
According to a new Gallup Poll, "two major elements included in the tax agreement reached Monday
between President Barack Obama and Republican leaders in Congress meet
with broad public support. Two-thirds of Americans (66%) favor extending
the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for all Americans for two years, and an
identical number support extending unemployment benefits for the
long-term unemployed." Here is Gallup's breaking along party lines:
In terms of opposition to parts of the bill, Gallup notes: "Looking more specifically at the different ideological wings of each
party, only liberal Democrats oppose extending the tax breaks for
everyone: 39% are in favor, while 55% are opposed. Among the other
groups, support ranges from 64% of conservative/moderate Democrats to
87% of conservative Republicans. "Similarly, conservative Republicans are the only
political/ideological group opposing the extension of unemployment
benefits. The majority of moderate/liberal Republicans are in favor, as
are most Democrats, regardless of ideology."
Posted Dec 08, 2010 at 12:50 AM by Maurice Berger
According to a just released SurveyUSA poll, voters who contributed to Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign
are overmelingly opposed to his deal with Republicans to extend the
Bush-era tax breaks for those making over $250,000 a year. 74% now say they do not support the deal. 51% say they are less likely
to contribute to Obama's reelection campaign in 2012, and 57%
say it makes them less likely to support congressional Democrats who
support this deal in 2012.
Posted Dec 06, 2010 at 2:22 AM by Maurice Berger
A new CBS News poll reports that a majority of Americans--53%--reject the GOP's efforts to extend Bush-era tax cuts to households earning more than $250,000 per year. Just 26% of Americans support extending the cuts for all Americans,
even those earning above the $250,000 level.
Posted Sep 17, 2010 at 2:16 AM by Maurice Berger
A new Democracy Corps survey reports that by a 55% to 38% margin, Americans favor the view espoused by the Obama administration and Democrats in the debate
on extending the Bush tax cuts for everyone earning less than $250,000
but letting them lapse for the wealthiest Americans.