December 8th, 2012
11:52 AM ET
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Video: Polls show public OK with tax hike for wealthy

(CNN) - What do Americans want, and what don't they want, in a deal to avert the fiscal cliff? CNN Political Paul Steinhauser looks at that, and at just how optimistic Americans are a deal will be reached this year.

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  1. Rick McDoomsday

    they probably only asked Democrats and left leaning independants in that poll..those that have no problem with the dictatorship Obama is planning.

    December 8, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F

    The GOP has sheltered the wealthy long enough. We have paid for the first republican depression and are now paying for the Bush republican near depression. Right wingnuts go nuts over the debt, but refuse to generate any revenue to fix the mess. Other than conspiracy madness, the GOP is without any ideas. Unfunded wars do no eliminate debt, the wealthy are not job creators, and that is not wealth that is trickling down.

    December 8, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F

    Republican fiscal plan. Let's have a depression and another war.

    December 8, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. AK_steve

    No shocking news here except that the GOP doesn't seem to have realized any of this and still keeps hold the US economy hostage for the top 2% of Income earners. They would rather tank the US economy (and most likely the world economy) for their outdated political ideology. This is what happens when a bunch of old rich white guys lead a political party. They still think it is 1950.

    December 8, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Paul Ryan, praised Rubio for endorsing his “Road Map,” including his push to privatize both Social Security and Medicare.

    Marco Rubio / Rick Scott 2016
    Deception and Corruption

    Marco Rubio, R-Fla., launched a Twitter tirade against American Airlines after experiencing delay problems involving his flight.
    Romney will win Florida, says Rubio .

    Rubio should have gone into acting , not politics.

    December 8, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. REGinAz

    An observation: We see numbers often being used to support given positions, as if numbers are absolute. In politics both sides consistently do it. Numbers are important but the reality is that numbers by themselves are not the same thing as numbers put together in a presentation. Figures can be selectively manipulated for purpose; as the saying goes, “figures don’t lie but liars figure”. Actually common sense is probably more accurate than numbers alone but for common sense to be clear biases, prejudices, emotions and blind loyalties have to be set aside. At the minimum, common sense likely provides good insight for when not to trust number presentations, when to question them and to look closely at the bias behind them.

    December 8, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    The problem with SIMPLE!

    Obama has no pans to use that money, for anything but MORE squanderous spending, which will accomplish NOTHING......and that's exactly why the wealthy don't want to pay it!

    December 8, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. jpmichigan

    What people are discussed with , everyday the President adds something more to his wish list. I say don't give in, let taxes rise for all. Let the spending cuts scheduled go through. Obama states he only wanted an increase on the so called wealthy, at $250,000/yrs. If you give anything just give that/or you add the spending cut agree on, if the tax rate stay the same Do not let him bully you into a corner.

    December 8, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. Tony

    Republicans are ignoring the polls because they say something that Republicans don't like. In contrast, Obama extended all of the Bush tax cuts after Democrats lost the 2010 election. Who are the real dictators?

    December 8, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. Thomas

    How long will it take for the GOP to get the message .
    96% of the public is OK with tax hike for wealthy.

    December 8, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. Uncle Lindy

    What a surprise that most people are in favor of things that don't apply to them or about which they don't understand such as economics...the President and most of Congress probably fall into the latter category as well....

    December 8, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. Fla chic

    Definitely raise taxes on wealthy. Bout time they paid fair share. Go Prez

    December 8, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. once upon a horse

    As VP Joe Biden would say "Big (freaking) Deal"! So since when has the GOP done something that the American people were in favor of that they weren't themselves?

    December 8, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. James Bond

    What we want is government that works for us, not special interest, what we will get is anything but that

    December 8, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. James Bond

    Republicans only fear is being tossed aside at election time, carry the line, or primary time for you, with super pac money going to the guy who is willing to do, go more extreme for the party backers, this party is going down as soon as older americans realize the republican party of old, is long gone, uber rich, neocons run the show now

    December 8, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. James Bond

    Tahts why romney, despite being disliked was an acceptable candidate, not a good candidate, but a very user friendly puppet

    December 8, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. James Bond

    Anyone as flexible as mittens, has no real substance, or you could not withstand the unbelievable twists, and backflips he was required to do. the rpublicans can try try again , but you will not win the white house with the ideaology currently practiced by the party

    December 8, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. pgr

    Thought the election made a statement about taxes on the defined wealthy! When will the politicians get the message particularly in the House of Representatives?

    December 8, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  19. Wise1Speak


    For the past 15-months, every reputable and credible poll has clearly indicated that a majority of the tax-paying public prefers President Obama's balance approach to resolving the fiscal cliff. For starters, by permanently locking in middle-class tax cuts while raising the top 2% tax rate by 4% to the Clinton-era tax rates. The only numbskulls not hearing the people's message are the House & Senate Republicans. These "hard-hearted ignoramuses" will be voted out come 2014.

    December 8, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |

    Obama is a funny dude. When he talks about letting the Bush tax cuts expire for the rich, he talks about it in terms of raising rates on the Rich, which is is. When Republicans want to keep the rates the same as they are now and cut deductions instead, Obama says Republicans want to cut tax rates for the rich. The rate cut I guess from not going back to the Clinton rates, but there really is not cut, just keeping the rates the same as they have been for more than a decade. Notice how Obama always distorts the real truth about what the Republicans want to do? I could produce countless more examples. If Obama were to have an honest conversation with the American people he would be telling them why he believes it is better to raise rates on the rich go get more tax money from them than it is to get more tax money from the rich by capping their deductions. He should be telling Americans why he believes it is so much better to do it his way than the Republicans way that he is willing to go over the cliff if Republicans do not agree to do it his way. Instead he lies and says Republicans want to cut taxes for the rich and pass the cost on to the middle class. A leader would try and sell his plan to the American people based on what he believes are it's merits, not lie about the plan of his political opponents in order to slander them. Obama is not a leader, he is a deceiver. The sooner the media figures this out, the better off America will be.

    December 8, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. DENNA

    One of the reasons that Barack Obama was reelected was so that he could finish the job. Boehner and ther GOP are scared of the upper 2%, President Obama is not. The GOP do not realize that we cannot "cut spending" our way out of this mess and cannot drop the entire burden on the middle class. George Bush casued this mess by running two wars, giving tax breaks, giving prescription drug coverage all without raising taxes to pay for it. It is time for the GOP to do the right thing . . . or in 2014 we the people will fire them and hire people who can work with President Obama to get it done. Seriously, higher taxes won't kill the rich. It hasn't killed the middle class – yet. A little help please.

    December 8, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. Old White Consevative Male

    Were is the poll that shows most americans are also in favor of big spending cut?

    December 8, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  23. Phyllis G Williams

    "He that hath pity upon the poor LENDETH unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will HE PAY HIM AGAIN –
    (Proverbs 19: 17)
    "And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of Hosts" (Malachi 3: 12)

    December 8, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |