Despite reports that the White House was planning to go along with the Republican plan, Obama made it clear again Friday in a speech in Seoul, South Korea, that his goal is to ensure that tax cuts are extended for middle-class taxpayers.
The preference for cutting everyone's taxes changed from September polling when most — 54 percent to 44 percent — didn't want to extend the tax cuts to those in the higher income brackets.
The poll also reflected the divide between Republicans and Democrats, with about 75 percent of Republicans backing an extension for all taxpayers and nearly two-thirds of Democrats wanting to exclude the wealthy.
Among independents, about half want the tax cuts to include those with the highest incomes.
The AP-GfK Poll was conducted Nov. 3-8 by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications, and involved landline and cell phone interviews with 1,000 adults chosen randomly from across the U.S. It has a margin of sampling error of 4.1 percentage points.