69% of Americans Support Obama's Tax Deal

Even when confronted with deficit issues, support only drops to 62%
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2010 2:25 PM CST
In this Jan. 29, 2010, file photo President Barack Obama holds up a document of Republican solutions given to him by House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, left.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

(Newser) – Bernie Sanders may not like President Obama's tax deal, but most of America supports it. A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows 69% support the tax-and-benefits package and only 29% oppose it. Even when confronted with the fact that it could add $900 billion to the deficit, the level of support remains strong at 62%. Despite the broad support, however, only 36% believe the deal will help the economy.

Though some parts of the deal are favored more by one party than another, the package as a whole enjoys 68% support from Democrats and independents and 75% among Republicans. It becomes less popular when broken down into its individual parts: While the extension of unemployment benefits enjoys a strong level of support at 72%, only 54% support extending the Bush tax cuts for all levels of wealth, and only 52% support increasing the inheritance tax exemption. The fourth major part, cutting Social Security payroll taxes, is actually opposed by 57%.

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