New Poll: Majority support taxing wealthier Americans
November 28th, 2012
11:01 AM ET
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New Poll: Majority support taxing wealthier Americans

Washington (CNN) - A new national poll suggests that most Americans support raising taxes on people making over $250,000 per year as part of a deal to prevent the country from falling off the fiscal cliff.

But an ABC News/Washington Post survey released Wednesday morning also indicates other proposals to reduce the nation's massive federal debt, such as limiting the deductions people can claim on their federal income taxes, and raising the age for Medicare, are far less popular.

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Sixty percent of Americans questioned in the poll say they back higher taxes on high earners, with 37% opposed. According to national exit polls from this month's presidential election, an identical 60% said taxes should be raised on incomes over $250,000.

The new poll indicates a partisan divide on the question, with 73% of Democrats and 63% of independent voters supporting the tax increase, with nearly six in ten Republicans opposed.

According to the survey, 44% are in favor of new limitations on federal income tax deductions, with 49% opposed. And just three in ten support raising the age for Medicare from 65 to 67, with two-thirds not favoring such a move.

The ABC News/Washington Post Poll was conducted November 20-25, with 1,016 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

A CNN/ORC International poll released Monday indicated that two-thirds of Americans supported a deal to avert the fiscal cliff that included both spending cuts and tax increases.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • President Obama
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Balls McGhee

    GOP cracks me up. when they are in the majority, they claim rights to change laws because "majority rules." When they are in the minority, they claim they are being picked on and all of sudden defend the minority rights of the filibuster. Flip flop much?

    November 28, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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