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Voters support higher taxes on the wealthy by better than 2 to 1, according to a new poll.
Sixty-five percent of voters back increased taxes for American families making more than $250,000 a year, while 31 percent are opposed, the Quinnipiac University poll found. Democrats support that measure 84-14 percent, and independents are in favor of the tax hikes 66-31 percent. Republicans, on the other hand, oppose such tax increases 53-41 percent, according to the poll released Thursday.
The survey comes as lawmakers struggle to hammer out a deal that would fend off the looming "fiscal cliff."
President Barack Obama, trying to put a personal touch on negotiations, visited a family's basement apartment in Falls Church, Va., on Thursday to press his hard line on tax-rate increases for the wealthy.
Obama and lawmakers have until the end of the year to avert across-the-board spending cuts and tax increases.
Republican leaders have agreed to back increased tax revenue. Yet, despite some rank-and-file defections, they have balked so far at Obama's demand that rates rise on income over $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for couples.
Republicans have also called for spending cuts and measures to slow the growth of benefit programs.