DENVER – Stinging from the bite of recent tax hikes enacted as part of the so-called fiscal cliff compromise, a majority of Americans say that additional tax hikes are not needed, according to a recent Rasmussen Reports poll.
The survey results come as the White House once again embarks on a collision course with Congress over raising the country’s debt limit.
When asked if additional tax hikes were necessary now that taxes have been raised on upper-income Americans, 51 percent said no, while just 30 percent said yes. Another 19 percent said they were not sure.
Opposition to new tax hikes cut across political lines in the poll.
A large majority of Republicans, 69 percent, said they were against additional tax hikes while just 17 percent of GOP respondents favored tax increases. The anti-tax position also prevailed with independent and unaffiliated respondents, 47 percent of whom said they opposed additional tax increases compared to just 33 percent who said they backed higher taxes.
Democrats were essentially split on the question, although a slight plurality, 39 percent, said they opposed new tax hikes. Slightly fewer — 38 percent — said higher taxes are needed.
There was no gender gap in the poll, with tax hikes drawing high levels of opposition from both male and female respondents.
Men who opposed additional taxes outnumbered those who supported them by a 49 to 33 percent margin. A majority of women, 52 percent, also registered opposition to new tax hikes while just 27 percent preferred higher taxes.
Resistence to new tax hikes was also consistent with respondents from all age groups.
Among those between the ages of 18-39 — a group Mr. Obama won handily in November – some 49 percent opposed additional tax hikes while just 33 percent said they supported tax increases.
Of those between 40 and 64, a majority — 53 percent – opposed new tax increases, compared to just 31 percent who said such tax hikes are needed.
One-third of those over 65 said they backed new tax hikes (33 percent) but they too were outnumbered by those who opposed them (48 percent).
The poll surveyed 1,000 likely voters between January 11 and January 12, and has a margin of error of + / – 3 percentage points.
The results of the survey are good news for Congressional Republicans, who are seeking meaningful reductions in federal spending in the wake of Mr. Obama’s succesful push for across-the-board tax hikes earlier this month.
The national debt currently exceeds $16 trillion dollars.