Bloomberg Tax Cut Poll Proves O'Reilly Was Lying
By: Steve - December 8, 2010 - 11:30am

On the Tuesday night O'Reilly Factor, the dishonest right-wing spin doctor told numerous guests that the majority or Americans support extending the Bush tax cuts to the top 2 percent of income earners. Without citing or quoting a poll to back him up, which means he knew he was lying, but he said it anyway.

I said the polls disagree with O'Reilly, and here is a poll to prove it. A Bloomberg National survey, conducted before, during and after the tax negotiations, shows that only a third of Americans support keeping the lower rates for the highest earners. Even among backers of the cuts for the wealthy, fewer than half say they should be made permanent.

Another third say they want only the tax cuts for the middle class to be extended, while more than a fourth say all the tax cuts should be allowed to expire Dec. 31, as scheduled.

The agreement Obama announced Dec. 6th would temporarily sustain the tax cuts for all income levels. The president said the compromise was needed to break a deadlock with congressional Republicans who vowed to block tax cuts for middle-income Americans if those for individuals earning more than $200,000 and couples earning more than $250,000 weren't extended.

One Poll respondent Vicky Hale, of San Jose, California, says she disagrees with the president because the agreement will widen the gap between the rich and poor.

"We used to have three income levels: poverty or lower income, middle class and high income," says Hale, who ran a clothing business and is now unemployed.

When asked to choose an appropriate income level for higher taxes, about 20 percent of poll respondents said taxes should be raised only on those earning $1 million or more. About 3 in 10 selected a $500,000 threshold, while more than 4 in 10 picked the current $250,000 limit.

"The public seems reasonably ready for a tax on the wealthiest because it addresses a core issue of deficit reduction," says J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., a Des Moines, Iowa-based firm that conducted the nationwide survey. "Time will tell whether the mood in two years will be more or less favorable to a main Obama campaign promise."

The Bloomberg National Poll is based on interviews with 1,000 U.S. adults age 18 or older and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

As you can see, when I say something, I back it up with a poll name, and data from the poll. Unlike O'Reilly, who just makes it up while hoping someone will believe it, without citing or quoting any poll to back up his claims.


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