The tax cut deal negotiated between the White House and congressional Republicans is undeniably unpopular with some Capitol Hill lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, but one new poll shows that most Americans support the compromise as a whole.
Almost 70 percent of Americans in a new Washington Post/ABC survey say that they back the agreement, which would temporarily extend tax cuts for all income levels, tax large inheritances at 35 percent, extend benefits for the unemployed, and impose a payroll tax holiday.
The poll found similar levels of support for the package (68 percent) among Democrats and independents, a key target for Democrats hoping to woo those voters in the 2012 election.
Even when respondents were told that the deal would add almost $1 trillion to the federal deficit and that the nation’s very top earners would receive the tax cuts, over 60 percent of respondents still gave the proposal a thumbs up.
The broad bipartisan support for the deal as a whole comes despite sharp partisan differences on the major pieces of the compromise.
While 85 percent of Republicans believe that the tax cuts should be extended to both the wealthiest earners and middle-class Americans, only 38 percent of Democrats agree. Independents are split on the measure, with 49 percent agreeing with the GOP-backed position and 46 percent more aligned with the position taken by most Democrats.