During a press conference,Tuesday, President Obama defended the compromise as the right thing to do for the American people.
A newly released Gallup poll found that 66 percent of Americans are in favor of extending the Bush-era tax cuts and extending unemployment benefits. Lydia Saad, of Gallup, adds:
This differs slightly from a November Gallup poll giving Americans three options for extending the Bush tax cuts. That poll found 40% in favor of extending the tax cuts for all Americans, 44% in favor of extending them with limits on tax breaks for the wealthy, and 13% in favor of letting the tax breaks expire altogether. Nevertheless, the results of the new question suggest that, while the compromise position on taxes may not be their ideal, most Americans would support congressional passage of it.
Results form the poll, which was conducted between Dec. 3-6, come just after President Obama came to a compromise with Republican lawmakers to extend the tax cuts and the unemployment benefits. But the deep political divide was evident in the poll: 85 percent of Republicans supported extension of tax cuts; 52 percent of Democrats did. 84 percent of Democrats supported the extension of unemployment benefits; 43 percent of Republicans felt the same way.