In a surprising finding from a new CNN/ORC poll out Monday morning, a majority of Republicans favour an approach to avert the fiscal cliff that includes both spending cuts and tax increases.The poll found that by a 52-44 margin, Republicans in the poll favoured a more “balanced” approach, instead of a deal that only included spending cuts. That means that a majority of voters across party lines favour a mix of spending cuts and tax increases.
The results are somewhat eye-opening because the approach backed by Republicans is one that has been advocated by President Barack Obama, who wants to raise taxes on incomes of $250,000 and above. Though some top Republicans have signaled a willingness to add tax revenues in a deal, they remain firm on opposition to increasing any marginal rates.
The wording of the question is slightly different from a recent Gallup survey on the fiscal cliff, which found that 69 per cent of Republicans favoured a deal that included only or mostly spending cuts.
Another result from the poll: Two-thirds of respondents expect Congress to act “like spoiled children” instead of “responsible adults” in the negotiations.
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