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Tax Cut Extension For All Gets Confusing Reviews In Polls

Sen. Jon Kyl

Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) walks through the U.S. Capitol Rotunda as he goes to the Speaker's office for a meeting about tax cuts, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 Alex Brandon/AP Photo hide caption

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If you're trying to figure out where Americans stand on whether the Bush tax cuts should be extended to the last dollar of income of America's wealthiest people, two recent polls may leave you confused.

CBS News has a poll that suggests that little more than a quarter of Americans support extending the tax cuts to all the income of couples with more than $250,000 of adjusted gross income.

That's the congressional Republican position. Democrats want only the first $250,000 of income of the wealthiest Americans to be eligible for the extended tax cuts.

But a recent Gallup Poll puts at 40 percent the percentage Americans who say extend the cuts to all.

That's a significant difference, to say the least, especially for a policymaker who's seeking some guidance there.

Meanwhile, those who want to focus the tax cut extension to the middle class are given as 53 percent in the CBS News poll and 44 percent by Gallup.

But there were near identical results in the results for those who said the Bush tax cuts should be allowed to expire for all — coming in at 14 percent in the CBS News poll and 13 percent in Gallup's.



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