By Jay Heflin - 09/21/10 08:27 PM EDT
The poll, conducted in California, Colorado, Illinois, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin, found that 62 percent of likely voters support making permanent the Bush tax cuts for families making less than $250,000 annually and allowing tax breaks for wealthier taxpayers to expire on schedule at the end of the year.
These voters also support providing additional tax cuts and credits to help middle-class families pay for child care, better afford college tuition and buy a home.
"We need to restore fairness to the economy," said SEIU President Mary Kay Henry in prepared remarks. "And that means no more Bush-era tax giveaways to the rich. If we are going to get this country on the right track, we need to create good jobs and put money in people's pockets. This poll shows that American of all stripes agree that working families and small businesses need and deserve a tax cut."
The poll also found opposition to raising the tax-increase threshold from $250,000 to $1 million.
By an 8-point margin (88 percent to 80 percent), Democrats favor letting the tax cuts expire at the $250,000 level rather than at the $1 million mark. For independent voters, it was a 2-point margin (56 percent to 54 percent) who favored a tax increase beginning at $250,000 instead of $1 million.