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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Polls: Voters Side With Democrats On Key Fiscal Cliff Issues

Polls: Voters Side With Democrats On Key Fiscal Cliff Issues

A new round of polls has confirmed the conventional wisdom that President Obama and the Democrats hold significant leverage over congressional Republicans in the ongoing “fiscal cliff” negotiations.

A new Politico/George Washington University Battleground poll finds that 60 percent of respondents favor raising taxes on households earning more than $250,000, while just 38 percent oppose the Democratic plan. Furthermore, 58 percent do not believe that such a tax increase would have a negative impact on the economy, while only 38 percent believe the Republican argument.

Among independents, 59 percent support raising taxes on those earning more than $250,000, compared to 38 percent who do not — a massive 21-point split.

On the flip side, just 34 percent favor raising the retirement age for Social Security benefits, compared with 64 percent who oppose the plan; 51 percent support reducing Medicare benefits for seniors with high incomes, while 46 percent oppose it. According to this poll, Americans clearly side with the Democrats on the key issues behind the fiscal cliff negotiations.

A new Pulse Opinion Research poll for The Hill comes to a similar conclusion. According to The Hill, 53 percent of likely voters either somewhat or strongly oppose raising the age of eligibility for Medicare benefits — one of the key Republican proposals in budget negotiations.

Furthermore, the poll shows that 50 percent of voters believe that President Obama and the Democrats are being “more reasonable” in the negotiations than House Speaker John Boehner and the Republicans, compared to 38 percent who believe that Boehner and the GOP are being more reasonable. This echoes the findings of a Pew poll from last week, which showed that voters would blame Republicans by a nearly two-to-one margin if no deal is reached.

According to The Hill‘s poll, voters see that as the likely outcome; 58 percent have little or no confidence that that a deal will be reached, while 39 percent believe that we will avoid going over the cliff.

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  • nobsartist

    The majority of Americans are waiting to see President Obama flush the republiCONs like turds in the toilet.

  • All polls show that two thirds of Americans favor raising the tax rate for our highest earners. In fact, most of our billionaires are on record favoring such move. The only ones that object, or plan to use that desperately needed decision as a wedge to get concessions in their quest to cripple the social programs they love to hate is the far right.
    Most of us understand that some changes are bound to take place, and some are actually needed. The SS contribution cap should be raised above the current $106K. MEDICARE means testing may help reduce the program’s dependence on general funds to cover outlays. Obsolete military bases at home and abroad should be closed. Foreign aid should be limited to humanitarian aid, loopholes and subsidies to industries that don’t need them should be elimited, the use of foreign tax shelters to avoid paying Uncle Sam his fair share should be declared illegal and violators prosecuted. And, as a sign of commitment, Congressmen and Senators should freeze their salaries and benefits at the current level for the next two years, until the economy is on solid ground and our fiscal integrity is restored. There are ways to reduce the deficit, many of them with minimal impact to the economy, our standard of living and the civil servant workforce. The only thing that is needed is commitment to country, pragmatism and bipartisanship.

    • Jim Lou

      I seriously doubt that most billionaires support raising taxes. I have only heard of just a handful.

      • Yes, I should have said some instead of most. Gates and Buffett are two who support a higher tax rate and are overtly embarrassed with the ridiculously low tax rates that apply to people like themselves today. Some people complain about paying too much to Uncle Sam, the truth is that our tax rates are among the lowest in the industrialized world, in spite of the fact that our military expenditures and healthcare costs are the highest by orders of magnitude.

      • elw

        Well, truth be know in comparison to the non-billionaires in the world there are only a few of them. So a handfull may well be many of them.

    • onedonewong

      Just as long as we restore the reagan deal $3 in cuts for every $1 in revenue. So far the dems and barak haven’t cut spending in 6 years

  • old_blu

    I think that just the fact that we voted for President Obama says that we want the taxes on the the upper 2% to go up, that was part of his campaign and that’s what America wanted. (I hope he sticks to his guns on this)

    • neece00

      This is a great post and article. Really makes you stop and wonder how this can continue to go on. …shaking of the head….. So it is not just the millionaires and billionaires who continue to get rich while the rest of us work day to day to get our yearly salary and pay our 28% tax, it is also the corporations that are sucking the middleclass dry.

    • plc97477

      he will. I know where he lives.

      • old_blu

        I see what you did there. hahaha

  • old_blu

    I found this the other day it’s kinda long but some interesting facts.

    The top ten corporate deadbeats.

    1) Exxon Mobil made $19 billion in profits in 2009. Exxon not only paid no federal income taxes, it actually received a $156 million rebate from the IRS, according to its SEC filings.

    2) Bank of America received a $1.9 billion tax refund from the IRS last year, although it made $4.4 billion in profits and received a bailout from the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department of nearly $1 trillion.

    3) Over the past five years, while General Electric made $26 billion in profits in the United States, it received a $4.1 billion refund from the IRS.

    4) Chevron received a $19 million refund from the IRS last year after it made $10 billion in profits in 2009.

    5) Boeing, which received a $30 billion contract from the Pentagon to build 179 airborne tankers, got a $124 million refund from the IRS last year.

    6) Valero Energy, the 25th largest company in America with $68 billion in sales last year received a $157 million tax refund check from the IRS and, over the past three years, it received a $134 million tax break from the oil and gas manufacturing tax deduction.

    7) Goldman Sachs in 2008 only paid 1.1 percent of its income in taxes even though it earned a profit of $2.3 billion and received an almost $800 billion from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury Department.

    8) Citigroup last year made more than $4 billion in profits but paid no federal income taxes. It received a $2.5 trillion bailout from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury.

    9) ConocoPhillips, the fifth largest oil company in the United States, made $16 billion in profits from 2007 through 2009, but received $451 million in tax breaks through the oil and gas manufacturing deduction.

    10) Over the past five years, Carnival Cruise Lines made more than $11 billion in profits, but its federal income tax rate during those years was just 1.1 percent.

    • neece00

      This is how the CEO’s of these companies get away with making millions each year.

  • 13observer

    Obama has the “MANDATE”, he should be able to stop anything!

  • Jim Lou

    I would bet that there will be Fiscal Cliff Hanger. It is a game of Chicken. Who is going to blink first?

  • neece00

    I would really have liked to be a fly on the wall at the closed door meeting between Barack and Boehner.

  • and 100% of people in this survey do not know both sides of the argument…

  • idamag

    There are about three or four racists who come on these boards and spout out against the President. Their talking points are cut and paste from ugly hate groups. They have let their racism slip in remarks like “Obama speaks in ebonics,” and they don’t hate the President, they hate politically correct. They add nothing to the exchange and need to take their pointed heads and white sheets elsewhere. The best thing to do with these low lifes is to ignore them.

  • howa4x

    Obama has the upper hand. Republicans are demanding raising the retirement/medicare age as a trade off to taxes on the upper 2%. This will turn seniors and people 55 and under against them. Either way the republicans go they will feel the voter wrath. Voters clearly want taxes up and nothing done with benefits. Also Boehner has to face wrath from the right if he makes a deal on taxes. Norquist is screeching at this point. Republicans now have to show if they have the best intrests of the country in mind or just the intrests of the few ultra wealthy and everyone is watching the outcome

  • Furthermore, the poll shows that 50 percent of voters are complete idiots and have no idea how stupid they unfortunately are honey boo boo

  • onedonewong

    Of course the poll leaves out key details such as raising the tax on the top !5 will have no real impact on the debt, something that the State Run Media is loath to tell.
    As for medicare and SS once again the State Run Media refuses to INFORM the voters how much $$ is squandered on illegals, those who have never contributed to the system and trial lawyers looting medical insurance of $400B a year

    • Is that what Rush said?

      • onedonewong

        No the 250 economists that sent a letter to barak

    • Burzghash

      Funny how you conservatives love to balk at the billions taxing hte 1% would have, and then with your next breath claim that the several million that planned parenthood and other social programs cost is ‘an unreasonable cost’.

      Generating more revenue is one half of the equation. Cutting spending is the other; but the supposed need to cut medicare and social security is a lie being espoused by people who don’t give a fuck about you, which you readily and ignorantly regurgitate. Social spending is a drop in the bucket compared to our runaway military budget and corporate welfare. Combined with the number of loopholes corporations take advantage of (which has allowed for such absurdity as having them claim they “pay too much in taxes”, while simultaneously paying NO taxes, while SIMULTANEOUSLY receiving federal aid), you start to get a picture of what the REAL solutions are.

      And it has nothing to do with the bullshit rhetoric the right has you regurgitating for them.

      • onedonewong

        Last I looked the $$$ the 1% have is THEIR MONEY not yours that’s a big difference about living here in a Republic and living in a socialist country. Planned Parenthood is nothing about an Abortion mill or better still a slaughter house of babies.
        I concede the point lets take tax rates to the clinton era coupled with a spending budget that was in force during Clintons term. That will cut spending to $1.5 Trillion I”M 100% behind that

        • So, with the interest on the debt now at nearly HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS, that only leaves about a TRILLION DOLLARS to spend on the military-industrial complex and social programs. Oh, I forgot, and all the Federal employees.


          That is a guarantee that we will not go into another recession. WE WILL GO STRAIGHT TO A FULL BLOWN DEPRESSION!!!!

          • onedonewong

            I’m OK with goign back to the tax rates of the clinton era just as log as spedning is cut to those same levels