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Republican Stubbornness on Deficit Reduction Outside of the Political Mainstream

Progress Missouri is circulating evidence that Congressional Republicans’ stance on debt reduction is definitely outside of the mainstream in many polls. Check it out:

Bruce Bartlett, former advisor to Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush:

[P]eople support raising taxes as part of deficit reduction by a 2-to-1 margin over the Grover Norquist/Club for Growth/Tea Party position that the deficit must be reduced only by spending cuts without a penny of higher taxes. In light of President Obama's new budget plan, which includes higher taxes, I am posting an updated table, including a poll on Friday showing that three-fourths of people support higher taxes and only 21 percent support the doctrinaire right-wing position.

Andrew Sullivan via Political Wire:

"Every single poll shows that the American public overwhelmingly supports higher taxes on the wealthy as part of a package to cut the deficit. The margins are staggering: the NYT poll shows a majority of 74 - 21; even Rasmussen shows a majority of 56 - 34. What the president proposed this morning is simply where the American people are at. If he keeps at it, if he turns his administration into a permanent campaign for structural fiscal reform, I don't see how he loses the argument."

A breakdown of 20+ polls showing public support for a balanced approach is available online.



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