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Gallup Survey Shows Americans Favor Republican Approach to Averting Fiscal Cliff

Posted: November 16, 2012 at 9:45 am   /   by

A new Gallup survey out today shows a strong majority of Americans favor simplifying the tax code by lowering rates and closing loopholes (70%), saving our biggest entitlement programs (88%), and making needed spending cuts (72%). This is the framework for averting the fiscal cliff outlined by Speaker John Boehner and supported by a growing number of people on both sides of the aisle.

Less than half (47%) view the president’s call for raising tax rates – which will hurt small businesses and destroy jobs – as a top priority. That’s likely because the economy remains Americans’ top concern.

Ninety-five percent of those surveyed said it is “extremely important” for President Obama to “take major steps to restore a strong economy and job market.” But raising tax rates would hurt nearly one million small businesses – many of whom are already reeling from an onslaught of government red tape and laws like ObamaCare.

As Speaker Boehner said, “if there was a mandate in this election, it was a mandate to work together to do what’s in the best interest of our country” – not to raise tax rates. “And right now what’s best is getting our economy moving again and keeping it moving, so we can begin to restore our children’s future.”

Gallup Survey Shows Americans Favor Republican Approach to Averting Fiscal Cliff