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  •  those are scary numbers (1+ / 0-)
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    Partisan polarization is nothing new, but I'm not used to triple-digit gaps. (Of course they're only possible when looking at "net" measures, such as favor minus oppose.) I need to look around some more.

    I suspect that this issue is particularly polarized because, so far, sufficiently little of the law is in effect that partisans are pretty much relying on their respective party leaders for the "facts."

    Umm, having said that, didn't you (maybe someone else) recently report some numbers on whether people thought their taxes had gone up or down since Obama took office? What's the partisan divide on that?

    •  dunno about last few months, but... (3+ / 0-)

      this was a year and a half ago.

      Here's the poll question: "In general, do you think the Obama Administration has increased taxes for most Americans, decreased taxes for most Americans or have they kept taxes the same for most Americans?"

      The answer:
      • 24 percent of respondents said they INCREASED taxes.
      • 53 percent said they kept taxes the same
      • And 12 percent said taxes were decreased.

      Of people who support the grassroots, "Tea Party" movement, only 2 percent think taxes have been decreased, 46 percent say taxes are the same, and a whopping 44 percent say they believe taxes have gone up.

      Those answers must frustrate the president who has highlighted its tax cuts for the middle class in almost every speech.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 06:42:29 PM PDT

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      •  so that gap surely was smaller -- but huge (0+ / 0-)

        I couldn't find a crosstab by party ID, but it would be surprising if more than 30% of Democrats thought taxes had gone down. So the net swing might be 70 points or so (quite possibly smaller). The overall partisan gap would be somewhat smaller.

        I wonder what the partisan gap is on gasoline prices. How obvious do facts have to be before people agree about them? Yes, and how many times must the cannonballs fly before they're forever banned?

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