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March 9th, 2011 By | News | Posted In: News, Government, Republicans, Spending, Tea Party

What the U.S. People Really Want

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By no measure can The Wall Street Journal be mistaken for a liberal newspaper, so the findings of its latest poll should greatly disturb Republicans.

A poll released late last week, done in conjunction with NBC News, found that most Americans support collective bargaining rights for workers, want to end the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy and impose a surtax on people making more than $1 million annually, and believe economic growth is a higher priority for government than deficit reduction.

Those results probably don't sit well with John Kasich, Scott Walker or John Boehner.

An incredible 81 percent of respondents support imposing the surtax on the wealthy, while 74 percent want to end the Bush tax cuts for people who make more than $250,000 annually.

Also, 51 percent said government should do more, compared to 46 percent who believe it should do less.

Fifty-six percent said job creation and economic growth should be the government's top priority, while 40 percent said it should be deficit reduction. Reforming the health-care system ranked third, with 28 percent.

Additionally, a sizable 77 percent support collective bargaining rights for public-sector workers, compared to 19 percent opposed.

Similar findings about collective bargaining have been found in recent polls by Gallup, Bloomberg, and The New York Times/CBS News. It's not an anomaly.

Overall, just 31 percent said the nation was headed in the right direction, compared to 60 percent who said it was on the wrong track and 6 percent who were unsure.

With those figures in mind and less than three months in office, it would appear that GOP elected officials at the state and federal levels have significantly misread the mandate given to them by voters in last November's midterm elections.

The poll was based on nationwide telephone interviews of 1,000 adults, including a sample of 200 adults who only use a cellular telephone. It was conducted from Feb. 24-28, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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