Washington (CNN) - A new poll indicates that two-thirds of Americans support the deal between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans to temporarily extend tax cuts for all Americans.
But another new survey indicates that a majority of the public is not in favor of the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.
According to a Gallup poll released Wednesday, 66 percent say they support the extension for all Americans, including families making over $250,000 per year. An equal amount say they approve of the temporary extension of unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed, which was part of the deal between the president and Republican leaders in Congress.
The poll, which was conducted during the tax cut negotiations, indicates a partisan divide, with 85 percent of Republicans questioned in the survey supporting the temporary tax cut extensions. That number drops to 67 percent of independent voters, 52 percent for Democrats and 39 percent for self described liberal Democrats.
Eight-four percent of Democrats say they back the extension of unemployment benefits, with that number dropping to 71 percent for independents and 43 percent for Republicans questioned in the poll.
Gallup points out that their new survey differs slightly from their poll in November that indicated that four in ten favored extending tax cuts for all Americans, with 44 percent supporting the extension but with limits on extensions for the wealthy, and 13 percent calling for the cuts to expire at the end of the year.
"Nevertheless, the results of the new question suggest that, while the compromise position on taxes may not be their ideal, most Americans would support congressional passage of it," says Gallup, in their release.
A Bloomberg National Poll also released Wednesday indicates that just over a third of Americans support keeping the lower tax rates for the highest earners in the country.
According to the survey, 19 percent say they favor extending the cuts for all Americans, 16 percent saying tax cuts should be permanently extended for families making under $250,000 per year and should be extended temporarily for two years for those above that threshold, 34 percent favoring that the tax cuts should be made permanent for those families earning less than $250,000 a year but no extension for higher wage earners, and 27 percent calling for all tax cuts to sunset.
None of those options listed in the poll were included in the agreement struck between Obama and top Republicans. Most other recent polls conducted in the five weeks since the midterm elections have also indicated that a majority did not favor extending the cuts for the wealthiest Americans.
The tax cuts were passed into law in the first years of the presidency of George W. Bush. They are set to expire at the end of this year unless a new bill is passed by Congress. The issue became a raging battle between Democrats and Republicans in the nation's capitol and on the campaign trail across the country during the past three months. The White House and many, but not all, congressional Democrats want to keep such tax cuts in place for those in the middle class but roll them back for the wealthiest Americans. Republicans say the tax cuts should be kept in place for everyone.
The Gallup poll was conducted December 3-6, with 1,003 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.
The Bloomberg National Poll was conducted December 4-7, with 1,000 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
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