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NBC/WSJ poll: Despite defeat, Obama's jobs bill is popular

Even though the United States Senate on Tuesday blocked President Obama's jobs bill, the legislation's specifics -- as well as the idea of taxing the wealthy to pay for it -- are popular with the American public, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

When asked simply if Congress should pass the legislation or not, 30 percent of respondents answer yes, while 22 percent say no; 44 percent have no opinion.

But when the legislation's details are included in a follow-up question -- that it would cut payroll taxes, fund new road construction, extend unemployment benefits, and that it would be paid for by increasing taxes on the wealthy -- 63 percent say they favor the bill and 32 percent oppose it.

What's more, 64 percent of respondents agree with the statement that it is a "good idea" to raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations, because they should pay their fair share and can afford to pay more to help fund programs and government operations.

By comparison, 31 percent agree with the statement that raising taxes on the wealthy and corporations is a "bad idea," because higher taxes take away money that would otherwise be invested to help grow the economy.

On Tuesday, the president's jobs bill failed to get the 60 votes to clear a procedural hurdle in the Senate, with 50 Democrats voting to advance the bill, and with two Democrats (Nebraska's Ben Nelson and Montana's Jon Tester) joining all Republicans in voting to block it. (Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid later switched his vote from yes to no, for the opportunity to reconsider the legislation at a future date.)

The NBC/WSJ poll -- which was conducted Oct. 6-10 of 1,000 adults (200 reached by cell phone), and which has a margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points -- will be released in full beginning at 6:30 pm ET.