Poll: Just 26 Percent Of Americans Support GOP Tax Plan

December 03, 2010 1:43 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

Rep. John Boehner

Yesterday, the House approved a permanent extension of middle-class tax cuts by a vote of 234-188, with only three Republicans supporting the bill. Leading the opposition, incoming Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) declared that "the American people want us to stop all the looming tax hikes" on high-income earners, which yesterday's measure did not address. Other Republicans have used the midterm election results to justify their opposition to any plan that does not also extend Bush-era tax cuts for the richest two percent.

But a new poll from CBS News finds that Boehner and his party are badly distorting public opinion. According to the survey, 67 percent of Americans disagree with the GOP's unyielding stance: 53 percent want the tax cuts "extended only for households earning less than $250,000 per year" and 14 percent want to let all of the tax cuts expire. Conversely, just 26 percent — and only 46 percent of Republicans — favor "extending the cuts for all Americans, even those earning above the $250,000 level, which is the GOP proposal."