Ed Morrissey has the story.
Barack Obama tried to make the case for tax hikes yesterday as a means to close the budget deficit and reduce debt, but a new poll from the Associated Press shows that new taxes will be a tough sale. Voters prefer spending cuts to tax hikes by a 62/29 margin, a much more significant divide than between those who believe their tax levels to be fair or not
Now, liberals might want to hand-wave this AP/GfK poll away and claim it is skewed. First off, it’s AP and not some fly-by-night radical right-wing push-poll, so hand-waving it would be foolish. But I do believe it is skewed.
I did a little homework and found the internals of the 1001-adult poll. When including leaners, here’s the breakdown:
45 percent Democrat
33 percent Republican
4 percent Independent
1 percent Other
17 percent Don’t know
If anything, AP over-sampled Democrats to come up with their 62/29 cut spending/raise taxes polling data. So, I expect the true numbers to be higher on the cut spending side and lower on the raise taxes side. And the Democrats in Congress along with ObaMao are deeming a super-majority of the population to be extremists. Not going to go over all that well with the public.
And as I said right after the 2010 elections where Democrats and ObaMao got slaughtered, ObaMao is incapable of doing any actual triangulation as he proved in his campaign speech (the one where Joe BiteMe fell asleep) yesterday.