Americans are broadly supportive of the Obama administration's deal to extend the Bush tax cuts in full, including for high income-earners, according to two new polls released today.
The first poll, from the Pew Research Center, asked a single question and found that 60 percent of respondents supported an agreement "by Barack Obama and congressional Republicans" to "extend tax cuts and unemployment benefits," while 22 percent opposed it.
Another poll, by ABC News and the Washington Post, took a different tack, asking respondents about their support for each of four components of the deal before soliciting opinions on the overall package. That poll found 69 percent of respondents in support of the deal when the individual measures were described separately, while 29 percent said they were opposed.
In both polls, support was roughly even across party lines. In the Pew poll, Republicans (62 percent), Democrats (63 percent), and independents (60 percent) showed little variation in their support for the deal; in the ABC/Post poll, support was slightly higher among Republicans (75 percent) than among Democrats and independents (both 68 percent).
Both polls were conducted from Dec. 9-12. The Pew poll was conducted among 1,011 adults and had a margin of error of 4 percentage points. The ABC/Post poll was conducted among 1,001 adults and had a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points. Full question text and responses are as follows: