Most Americans want Congress to extend the payroll tax cut, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.
The survey shows nearly 6 out of 10 respondents said they want to see the cut renewed.
"It seems like there are parties that only want to get their agenda done," liquor store owner James Jacobsen told The Associated Press.
"They're catering to special interests and not Americans," he added. "They are not representing the individual American."
The poll comes just days after lawmakers failed to reach a deal. House Republicans passed a bill Tuesday that would extend the cut and unemployment benefits.
Senate Democrats have vowed to defeat the measure because it also includes plans to pipe oil from Canada through the U.S.
Republicans say the $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline will create jobs. But President Obama has said he'll veto the measure.
Caught in a tug-of-war between environmentalists who oppose the pipeline and labor unions who support it, the president is seeking to delay the project until after the 2012 election.
The survey was conducted Dec. 8-12 by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Corporate Communications. Researchers conducted landline and cell phone interviews with 1,000 adults nationwide. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.