Poll: Americans Prefer Cuts over Raising Taxes

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Americans still prefer spending cuts to tax increases as a way to cut the budget deficit.

An Associated Press poll found that Americans strongly support President Obama's idea of raising taxes on those who make $1 million a year or more.

Still, 56 percent prefer cuts in government services to reduce the deficit. Only 31 percent would rather have higher taxes.

"Everybody should be called to sacrifice. They should be in the pot with the rest of us," Mike Whittles, 62, a Republican, told the Associated Press.

But Whittles said he still prefers cutting government spending over raising taxes because of federal waste and what he calls "too many rules, too many regulations."

President Obama will likely make his tax increase plan part of his campaign. But it has virtually no chance of passing Congress this year.

Congress continued to receive dismal reviews from the voters surveyed in the poll. Just 19 percent approve of the job Congress is doing, virtually unchanged from last December.

"We put them there to do their job and they're not doing their job," Gary Witalison, 54, a residential painter in Fish Creek, Wis., said. "They're not working things out. Work together."

The AP-GfK poll was conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Corporate Communications and involved cell phone and landline interviews with 1,000 randomly chosen adults. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.

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