Poll: GOP would accept tax hike

61 percent of Republicans say they'd be open to higher tax rates on the rich as long as there's a budget deal

Topics: Republicans, Fiscal cliff, Taxes, Bush Tax Cuts, Eric Cantor, John Boehner,

Poll: GOP would accept tax hike (Credit: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A new poll from NBC News/WSJ finds that Americans are willing to accept higher tax rates and entitlement cuts, as long as it means Congress will strike a deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”

Sixty-seven percent of those surveyed said they’d accept “cuts to an important federal government program you care about or an increase in federal taxes” in order for an agreement to be reached.

A larger number, 76 percent, said they would accept higher taxes as part of the deal. That includes 61 percent of Republicans who said they would accept tax increases to avoid the “fiscal cliff” cuts.

 

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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