Rasmussen: 42% Willing to Pay More in Taxes to Balance Budget

Monday, 19 Nov 2012 02:28 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Americans are split down the middle on whether they’re willing to fork out “a bit more’’ in taxes to balance the budget if federal spending cuts aren’t enough, a new Rasmussen reports telephone poll reveals.

“If the president and Congress agreed to a long-term plan to significantly reduce federal spending and the deficit, 42 percent of likely U.S. voters would be personally willing to pay ‘a bit more’ in taxes . . . if the spending cuts were not enough,’’ Rasmussen Reports found.

But another 42 percent said they are not willing to pay more — even if they were assured that the spending cuts were real.’’

Rasmussen, which polled 1,000 people, said another 16 percent are not sure whether they would be willing to pay more taxes.

The Rasmussen Reports poll also found that Americans are similarly divided when it comes to cutting income tax deductions for higher-income Americans.

But most like the idea of making all income up to $20,000 tax-free, according to the poll.

The telephone survey, conducted on November 15, has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percent.

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