Washington (CNN) - A plurality of Americans say Congress should pass the tax cut extension compromise between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans, according to a new national survey.
And a Gallup poll released Tuesday also indicates that people closely following the tax issue are substantially more inclined to support the agreement.
Forty-nine percent of people questioned in the survey say federal lawmakers should approve the plan, with 32 percent saying Congress should not pass the proposal, and 18 percent unsure. But according to the poll, support for passage jumps to 60 percent among those closely following news of the agreement, with 35 percent opposed and five percent unsure.
An ABC/Washington Post poll released Monday indicated that 69 percent of the public strongly or somewhat support the agreement, with 29 percent opposed. According to a Pew Research Center poll also released the same day, six in ten approve of the compromise, with 22 percent opposed and 18 percent unsure.
The Gallup survey's release comes a few hours before the expected final Senate approval of the hotly contested tax deal negotiated by President Barack Obama and Republican leaders.
The deal cleared a key procedural hurdle Monday, with an 83-15 vote to end Senate debate on the measure, which includes a two-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for all Americans. Without congressional action, those tax cut rates are set to expire December 31.
The plan would also extend unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed for 13 months, cut the payroll tax by two percentage points for a year, raise the estate tax exemption to up to $5 million, with a 35 percent tax rate for inheritances above that level, and continue a series of other tax breaks.
A top House Democrat conceded Tuesday that the House will ultimately pass a bill extending Bush-era tax cuts, but said House Democrats, many of whom are angry over the deal, still might try to change the estate tax provisions in the president's plan.
The Gallup poll was conducted Dec. 10-12, with 1,019 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.
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