AP-GfK Poll: Support for boosting taxes on rich; fewer now back cutting government services

  • Article by: ALAN FRAM and JENNIFER AGIESTA , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 6, 2012 - 2:05 AM

WASHINGTON - Americans prefer letting tax cuts expire for the country's top earners, as President Barack Obama insists, while support has declined for cutting government services to curb budget deficits, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows. Fewer than half the Republicans polled favor continuing the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy.

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mrstephancDec. 5, 12 3:57 PM

Just as with the election you can sense the will of Americans finally being heard in Washington. Obama will win this fight with Republicans. Tax breaks for the wealthy will end.

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greg62Dec. 5, 12 4:12 PM

With about 50% of wage earners paying no income tax and so many people now dependent on government, you can understand how this can happen. Too many are riding in the cart now and not enough pulling it. This can't go on for very long.

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mrstephancDec. 5, 12 5:04 PM

re: greg62Dec. 5, 12 4:12 PM With about 50% of wage earners paying no income tax and so many people now dependent on government, you can understand how this can happen.... Such a silly right wing talking point. First of all you are wrong about 50% of wage earners NOT paying income tax. They do pay income tax. Secondly people didn't vote for Obama because of "free stuff". The voted for Obama because he is looking out for the middle class and he supports a level playing field for all.

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theruntDec. 5, 12 5:49 PM

I find it hard to believe this, from the survey: "More people oppose than favor cutting military spending." $100 billion could be trimmed without hurting our preparedness at all. Start with all those retired generals with their cooks, gardeners and limo drivers. But to the point of the article, yes, you buzzards that have gotten fabulously rich lately can contribute a little more. Better you than taking heating assistance from a widow in Bemidji.

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flatstanleyDec. 5, 12 6:10 PM

greg62, private companies are directly responsible for the increased number of people dependent on Government assistance. As I am sure you ignore the majority of welfare recipients are EMPLOYED. They are not to lazy to work, however they are paid so little in wages from their private sector job that they qualify for Public Assistance. So McDonalds and company offers you a dollar menu in exchange for you paying for their employees health care, day care, and groceries. What a deal! Low low prices for just a mountain of publically held debt.

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drfranktDec. 5, 1210:42 PM

Of course a majority favor increasing taxes on the rich. That's because the MAJORITY are not "rich." What if you ask the question, Do you favor a tax increase instead of do you favor a tax increase on the rich? What do you suppose the MAJORITY would favor? How about if you ask the question, Do you favor an increased tax on the House, the Senate, and the Administration? The MAJORITY would favor that as well because the MAJORITY is not in the House, the Senate, and the administration. The poll is ridiculous.

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tacotonyDec. 6, 12 9:24 AM

" It is better to Give than Receive" Pastor S.

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firefight41Dec. 6, 1210:39 AM

The voted for Obama because he is looking out for the middle class and he supports a level playing field for ****************** I have a bridge you may be interested in buying, some assembly required.

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jimmybobbyDec. 6, 1212:41 PM

If we're talking about a level playing field, then I must be getting a tax cut! Awesome. When can I expect it? I will clue you, I pay more in taxes as a % and on absolute terms than most people commenting on the STRIB. Spare me the pap about paying my fair share. I pay 2x that. Go ahead and raise my taxes, but i will tell you this, I will get the last laugh because Govt is goig to get bigger and there aren't enough of 'me' to cover all of you. You want a big Govt, sooner or later (I am betting sooner), YOU will also be paying more for it. Maybe we need another small recession and higher unemployment for people to understand that higher tax rates on the productive (especially if done in a 'stick it to 'em' kind of way'), does not incentivize productive activity.

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drfranktDec. 6, 12 6:04 PM

I'd be willing to bet that if you asked those same people "Do you favor greater government spending on you?" There would be a MAJORITY of them agreeing as well.

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