The sense of Congress is that...

Congress needs to take a balanced approach to our debt problem by raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations. They should pay their fair share by giving up tax breaks and special deductions.

222

51%

213

49%

The minority position is that this is the wrong time to raise taxes on anyone. The top ten percent of earners already pay over two-thirds of all federal income taxes, while nearly half of Americans pay no federal income tax, and U.S. companies pay a thirty-five percent tax rate, more than most European countries.

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Results calculated from Resurgent Republic survey data of self-identified independent voters, October 30-November 2, 2011, N=170, margin of error +/-7.52%