There's some confusion at work in the public, if this CNN poll is to be believed. On the one hand, "seven in ten say the GOP has not done enough to cooperate with Obama." And yet, "nearly half say [Obama] is not doing enough to cooperate with the Republicans, although seven in ten want him to compromise with the GOP even if he has to sacrifice some of his beliefs."
But there's one thing that's remained remarkably consistent. At least among the public, there's strong bipartisan support for tax increases being part of the mix in deal making, and for making the wealthy pay up.
Democrats questioned in the survey overwhelmingly support an agreement that has both, and six out of ten independents feel the same way. By a 52%-44% margin, Republicans also favor a mixture of spending cuts and tax increases instead of a deal that only includes spending cuts.If you need ever more evidence of a mandate than the election for President Obama's goal of raising taxes on the wealthy, well, here you go.
As for the sticking point between the parties over an increase in taxes for the wealthiest Americans, 56% say taxes on wealthy people should be kept high so the government can use their money for programs to help lower-income people, with 36% saying taxes on such high earners should be kept low because they invest their money in the private sector and that helps the economy and creates jobs.