Americans Want Taxes to Go Up for Wealthy: Poll

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Six in 10 Americans want wealthy Americans to pay higher taxes in order to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, according to a poll out today.

The ABC News/Washington Post survey found 60 percent of respondents supported higher taxes on incomes over $250,000 a year while 37 percent opposed the proposal, which is backed by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats.

It is the latest poll to show support for Obama in negotiations with congressional Republicans. An earlier Pew Research Center/Washington Post poll conducted Nov. 8-11 found 53 percent of respondents said they would blame Republicans for any failure to avoid the fiscal cliff, compared with 29 percent who named Obama and 10 percent who would blame both sides.

The ABC/Post poll found opposition to other proposals to raise revenue and curb entitlements. Respondents opposed limiting income tax deductions by 49 percent to 44 percent, and 67 percent to 30 percent opposed increasing the eligibility age for Medicare to 67 from 65.

The survey of 1,016 adults was taken Nov. 21-25 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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