Poll: Tax cut deal support grows among those closely watching
December 14th, 2010
03:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Tax cut deal support grows among those closely watching

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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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. NC

    Pass it amd move on.

    December 14, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    ACTUALLY, polls like Gallup gave people only two choices...support it or have it go down in flames such that everyone's taxes go up. More detailed polls show that a majority of Ameriacns still do NOT support raising taxes for the very wealthy. Reading the two FACTS together basically says that people don't like that the very wealthy will be getting tax cut extensions, but they're willing to swallow the poison pill in order to get everything else that the GOP was holding hostage until their rich and corporate puppetmasters' interests were satisfied.

    December 14, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Mad man

    Do not pass it GOP, wait for the new Congress and get the prescription filled for the misery medicine that America needs in full. This is not a good deal for America, as long as we remain to spend what we do not have we are doomed for failure. Kind of like spending billions we don't have on first responders that already have the best healthcare and pensions that Union thugs can extort from the taxpayer...Why would you pay their health care bills when there are how many servicemen and women coming back from places far more viscous and toxic that New York City ground zero, spent uranium artillery projectiles what? What would make them any different than a guy working in a private mine, or at a nuclear plant, or fishing in the North Sea or subject to an asbestos related cancer?

    December 14, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    House Democrats... still might try to change the estate tax provisions in the president's plan.
    _________________________________________________________________________
    ...so if someone leaves a family business to his or her children it's okay with House Democrats to make the kids have to quickly liquidate the business and put people out of work to pay the estate taxes. It happens all the time and doesn't help anyone.

    December 14, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Polls aare nice....
    This one basically states that 49% of the people who have little to no idea of what's going on APPROVE of the deal.
    While 69% of the people that have been closely watching this APPROVE of the deal.

    In other words, even the brain dead can see that based on the alternative and what we stand to gain for the middle-class this deal should be passed.
    The "I-Just-Found-Some-Balls But The Playground Is Closed " Democraps better live to take a stand and fight ANOTHER day.
    The longer you hold off the dumber you look trying to turn the corner in the middle of the street.

    December 14, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. resolaru

    of course support is going to go up. people get to keep more money for themselves while we continue to get further and further in debt. awesome. it's like the republicans and too many of the american public are like children. they do not understand basic fundamentals of economics, yet continue to yap on like they do. even on here, there are so many people posting all of the time, it tells me they do not work (or are not working hard enough). they are either on unemployment or social security. i am sure they do not want social security or medicare cut. so how can we balance the budget? it wont be with spending cuts alone.

    December 14, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "spending billions we don't have on first responders that already have the best healthcare and pensions that Union thugs can extort from the taxpayer"

    Thank you for succinctly highlighting the underlying reason why the GOP has blocked the bill for providing 911 resopnders with health care: punishing them for belonging to unions.

    December 14, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Correcting myself:

    "More detailed polls show that a majority of Ameriacns still do NOT support raising taxes for the very wealthy"

    that was supposed to say

    "More detailed polls show that a majority of Ameriacns still do NOT support CUTTING taxes for the very wealthy"

    December 14, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. resolaru

    ...so if someone leaves a family business to his or her children it's okay with House Democrats to make the kids have to quickly liquidate the business and put people out of work to pay the estate taxes. It happens all the time and doesn't help anyone.

    December 14, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
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    you might want to do a little more research there Four and the Door. Your hypothesis does not even come close to being acurate and is very silly. please research before you type, you are embarrassing yourself and it is difficult to look at.

    December 14, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Another reason why the polls are high on this issue is because SOME Democrats, primarily the President, VP, Clinton and others were very quick to SUCCINTLY AND CLEARLY state in words that everyone could understand the advantages of cutting this deal; what we didn't like about it' and why we had to do it, not necessarily in that order.

    The Democrats need to do more of this. God knows they should've been doing this all along with all the significant legislation these past two years.

    Keep the people informed. Tell them the 'what' and the 'why'. This poll is the result of doing just that.

    December 14, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Your hypothesis does not even come close to being acurate and is very silly."

    BUT BUT BUT...it ws beamed in from Faux Noise through his standard issue GOP tinfoil hat idea reception device so it simply MUST be true!

    December 14, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |