Gallup: You know, that tax deal is pretty darned popular

posted at 4:12 pm on December 8, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Lost in the Cirque du Freak-Out over the tax deal from both sides of the aisle is the fact that two-thirds of Americans support its two main outcomes.  Gallup’s poll of adults show an identical percentage supporting across-the-board extensions of the current tax rates and the extension of jobless benefits as well — 66%.  In fact, while the purer wings of both parties cling more to their own positions and oppose the others, the moderates in both parties seem to agree with the overall population:

Two major elements included in the tax agreement reached Monday between President Barack Obama and Republican leaders in Congress meet with broad public support. Two-thirds of Americans (66%) favor extending the 2001/2003 tax cuts for all Americans for two years, and an identical number support extending unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed. …

Looking more specifically at the different ideological wings of each party, only liberal Democrats oppose extending the tax breaks for everyone: 39% are in favor, while 55% are opposed. Among the other groups, support ranges from 64% of conservative/moderate Democrats to 87% of conservative Republicans.

Similarly, conservative Republicans are the only political/ideological group opposing the extension of unemployment benefits. The majority of moderate/liberal Republicans are in favor, as are most Democrats, regardless of ideology.

In fact, that number is almost identical to the opposition from liberal Dems on the tax rates at 38%.  Large majorities of the moderates in both parties support both outcomes.

However, it’s not clear at all that people understand what is meant by the extension of unemployment benefits.  The limit of 99 weeks stays in place, as Gabriel Malor explained yesterday; it’s the eligibility that gets extended.  Instead of just a discrete 99 calendar weeks of benefits funded by the federal government that ends whether individuals have had 99 weeks of payments or not, the system shifts to 99 weeks of guaranteed benefits for each individual within the new window that got extended by 13 months (roughly, 56 weeks, so those with less than 43 weeks of checks already still won’t get to 99).  Those who have reached the end of 99 weeks will not get any more checks.  The cost grows with this, but it’s not an extension of benefits overall as first thought.  That may end up denting some of the support for that part of the deal.

Still, the deal’s main objectives are tremendously popular, and that will provide at least some benefit to those who end up supporting it.  Democrats who act to block it risk getting the blame for postponing or destroying a compromise that doesn’t make everyone happy but appears to fit within the political sense of reasonableness in the current environment.


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Not with Democrats!! They think it is THEIR money!!

Khun Joe on December 8, 2010 at 4:15 PM

so what, the majority of the population is like hostage takers now???

logical extensions.

ted c on December 8, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Democrats who act to block it risk getting the blame for postponing or destroying a compromise that doesn’t make everyone happy but appears to fit within the political sense of reasonableness in the current environment.

is that what we are calling it these days?

ted c on December 8, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Cirque du Freak-Out

LOL

Missy on December 8, 2010 at 4:18 PM

All those who approve of the tax cut extensions are just suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.

-OlberMaddowMatthewHuffingtoDemoLibs

portlandon on December 8, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Re unemployment benefits: Wow.

amerpundit on December 8, 2010 at 4:18 PM

wow, that Obama really connects with the American people.

joeindc44 on December 8, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Even Carter negotiates better then Obama.
Obama’s qualifications for his next job is exposed.

Electrongod on December 8, 2010 at 4:20 PM

I feared this would happen.

However, it’s not clear at all that people understand what is meant by the extension of unemployment benefits.

Hopefully over 24%. This is causing me to panic about where our new congress is going…..

Dumbcollegekid on December 8, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Alternate headline: 66% approve of Republicans taking Obama hostage.

farright on December 8, 2010 at 4:24 PM

“Those who have reached the end of 99 weeks will not get any more checks.”

I can hear the collective…

Say What?”

… from my house.

Seven Percent Solution on December 8, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Dammit Ed, that steely-eyed picture you use of the chief hostage-taker makes me forget what it was that I was going to say….

Fortunata on December 8, 2010 at 4:25 PM

It is fun to watch the dems coming apart at the seams. They are beginning to eat their own.

bopbottle on December 8, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Similarly, conservative Republicans are the only political/ideological group opposing the extension of unemployment benefits. The majority of moderate/liberal Republicans are in favor, as are most Democrats, regardless of ideology.

Disturbing.

“We want tax cuts & Unemployment benefits.”

facepalm.

portlandon on December 8, 2010 at 4:27 PM

…and all who no longer qualify for unemployment compensation are no longer classified as ‘unemployed’.

Skandia Recluse on December 8, 2010 at 4:28 PM

I have no problem with it, overall. The estate tax part is kinda pointless, but that’s not a huge deal.

crr6 on December 8, 2010 at 4:31 PM

I have no problem with it, overall. The estate tax part is kinda pointless, but that’s not a huge deal.

crr6 on December 8, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Of course you have no problem with it. You’ve just put 3 million people on permanent govt cheese. It’s a Marxist’s wet dream come true.

angryed on December 8, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Lost in the Cirque du Freak-Out over the tax deal from both sides of the aisle is the fact that two-thirds of Americans support its two main outcomes

It proves that no one is really that serious about cutting the deficit. At some point, you have to enact a mix of higher taxes and spending cuts. There’s no other way to address it and the public is once again oblivious to reality.

bayam on December 8, 2010 at 4:39 PM

angryed on December 8, 2010 at 4:37 PM

You know, I was a somewhat ignorant 20-something at the time, but I seem to remember a WHOLE LOT MORE than 3 million people being affected by welfare reform. Specifically, a lot of single moms that were introduced to the realities of the then-workforce.

Betcha nearly all those single moms are still in that workforce, even with this recession.

BradSchwartze on December 8, 2010 at 4:45 PM

I have no problem with it, overall. The estate tax part is kinda pointless, but that’s not a huge deal.

crr6 on December 8, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Of course you don’t. It is just about the most immoral tax a government can levy.

Aviator on December 8, 2010 at 4:45 PM

I have no problem with it, overall. The estate tax part is kinda pointless, but that’s not a huge deal.

crr6 on December 8, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Of course you don’t. It is just about the most immoral tax a government can levy.

Aviator on December 8, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Aren’t you guys against people receiving entitlements they didn’t earn through their own efforts? Or is that only when the people receiving them are poor?

crr6 on December 8, 2010 at 4:47 PM

The best part of this issue is watching Barry and company dodge the poo flinging from the vile left.

Popcorn please.

booter on December 8, 2010 at 4:49 PM

OT: Want a laugh? Get in line at the Post Office during the next two weeks. I just came from a suburban Cincinnati location where two slow-as-molasses federal employees shuffled around like Tim Conway’s Mr. Tudball character from the old Carol Burnett Show. The taxpayers in line with me were just seething with resentment as these lazy-a** workers fumbled around.

I was in line next to a woman who declared herself a liberal and said she couldn’t believe that DC was going to give a tax break to millionaires. I reminded her that it’s not DC’s money. She said that’s true. Then, she went on to say that she’d prefer a national sales tax (without an income tax) or a flat tax with minimal, if any, deductions. Ultimately, she conceded that “the spending is the problem,” and she crucified our Dem senator (Sherrod Brown) for voting to uphold earmarks. Although she looked as if she’ll pull the lever for Obama in 2012, I think Brown lost a vote.

Whatever the case, keep your ears open. I think the Post Office is a perfect spot to highlight government incompetence and waste.

BuckeyeSam on December 8, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Aren’t you guys against people receiving entitlements they didn’t earn through their own efforts? Or is that only when the people receiving them are poor?

crr6 on December 8, 2010 at 4:47 PM

I earn money, pay taxes on it and when I die they tax it again. Only a redistributionist douche bag would think there is dangling dingleberry worth of right in there. A family farm or ranch should have to be sold to pay the taxes instead of being passed to the next generation? Right, I see. You think the family farms should be gathered into the collective farms anyway, eh comrade?

Aviator on December 8, 2010 at 4:55 PM

crr6 on December 8, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Wow. A whole of stupid contained in a small amount of space.

lorien1973 on December 8, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Aren’t you guys against people receiving entitlements they didn’t earn through their own efforts? Or is that only when the people receiving them are poor?

crr6 on December 8, 2010 at 4:47 PM

It’s already been taxed one, two or three times already. And estates include family businesses, joint property investments and farms. Plus the heirs have to pay capital gains on anything they sell.

You parasites get plenty already.

Chuck Schick on December 8, 2010 at 5:18 PM

So the gubbmint takes in less money and spends more… of course Americans like it!

*spit*

Aquateen Hungerforce on December 8, 2010 at 5:19 PM

I still don’t understand why we didn’t fight to lower the capital gains tax.

John the Libertarian on December 8, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Or is that only when the people receiving them are poor?

crr6 on December 8, 2010 at 4:47 PM

^^ Liberal naivety

darwin on December 8, 2010 at 5:49 PM

^^ Liberal naivety

darwin on December 8, 2010 at 5:49 PM

It’s “naïveté.”

crr6 on December 8, 2010 at 5:55 PM

It’s “naïveté.”

crr6 on December 8, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Thanks

naivety , naïveté or naiveté (naɪˈiːvtɪ, ˌnaɪiːvˈteɪ)

— n , pl -ties , -tés
1. the state or quality of being naive; ingenuousness; simplicity
2. a naive act or statement

darwin on December 8, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Glad Obowma is so presidential and macho and “keen to fight for the American people” as he is at outlawing offshore oil drilling, thereby allowing America to be held hostage by the middle east rather than drill for our own oil and natural gas.

What a clown.

dthorny on December 8, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Wow. A whole of stupid contained in a small amount of space.

lorien1973

Like most liberals, he’s a master of the stupid.

xblade on December 8, 2010 at 11:04 PM

Let’s try again.

Wow. A whole of stupid contained in a small amount of space.

lorien1973

Like most liberals, he’s a master of the stupid.

xblade on December 8, 2010 at 11:08 PM

Cirque du Freak-Out

Cirque du So Lame Duck?

Steve Z on December 9, 2010 at 9:47 AM