Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Polls: Public Opposed to GOP Anti-Tax Position

Nate Silver notes on his Five Thirty-Eight blog for The New York Times that even GOP voters favor at least some revenue increases to lower the deficit.

The average Republican voter, based on this data, wants a mix of 26 percent tax increases to 74 percent spending cuts. The average independent voter prefers a 34-to-66 mix, while the average Democratic voter wants a 46-to-54 mix.

Consider that, according to the Gallup poll, Republican voters want the deal to consist of 26 percent tax increases, and Democratic voters 46 percent — a gap of 20 percentage points. If Republicans in the House insist upon zero tax increases, there is a larger ideological gap between House Republicans and Republican voters than there is between Republican voters and Democratic ones.

--Ballard Burgher

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