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ABC News/WP Poll: 69% Back Tax Deal

From ABC News:

Poll: Broad Backing for Obama-GOP Tax Deal

Analysis by GARY LANGER
Dec. 13, 2010

With decisive votes in Congress pending, Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll broadly support the tax-and-benefits deal forged by President Obama and Republican leaders of Congress — the deficit be damned.

Sixty-nine percent support the package overall, far outnumbering the 29 percent opposed. And even when given arguments that it’ll add as much as $900 billion to the federal budget deficit, 62 percent continue to support the measure, with opposition inching up to only 34 percent.

The package underscores both the charm and challenge of political compromise. Several of its individual elements are sharply divisive, and on average they score better with Republicans than with Democrats. But in combination the package appeals across the political spectrum; with nose-holding on both sides, it gets as much support from liberals as from conservatives, and nearly as much from Democrats and independents as from Republicans.

What it lacks, though, is passion; perhaps given its something-for-everyone nature, this poll, produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates[.] While support is broad, its tepid nature in part reflects skepticism that the changes will do much to improve the long-troubled economy.

Just 36 percent think it’ll help, including only 9 percent who think it’ll help a great deal. That leaves six in 10 who either don’t think the deal will have much economic impact at all (43 percent), or fear it’ll make things worse (17 percent). Strong support for the package is higher among those who think it’ll improve the economy…

The only things that will help the economy are long term tax cuts – and deep spending cuts.

Everything else is just treading water, at best.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, December 14th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “ABC News/WP Poll: 69% Back Tax Deal”

  1. proreason says:

    “The only things that will help the economy are long term tax cuts – and deep spending cuts.

    Everything else is just treading water, at best.”

    good nutshell.

    But I would add: “and removing the marxists from power”. When that happens, the economy will rebound from the simple anticipation of sanity once again descending on the country.

  2. Papa Louie says:

    Maintaining the status quo on taxes may not help the economy, but raising taxes, especially on employers (the rich), will definitely hurt the economy. If democrats want to claim that keeping the status quo will add $900 billion to the deficit, let’s call their bluff. When the new Congress takes over, they should immediately cut government by the tune of $900 billion to comply with the democrats fake Pay-Go law. Let’s see if the democrats are really serious about the deficit and about paying as you go.

    Next, Congress should announce that maintaining the status quo on welfare payments, farm subsidies, foreign aid, and high government salaries is going to raise the deficit by trillions of dollars. They should then cut a corresponding amount from future government funding. Let’s see if democrats continue to claim that maintaining the status quo adds to the deficit. They won’t. But I think it’s a great way to turn their lies against them.

  3. AcornsRNutz says:

    See what happens when you reach across the aisle? A triumph of bipartisanship this is.

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