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Poll: MA Voters Say No to Cuts in Fiscal Cliff Talks

Instead, respondents said, the state should increase taxes on the rich and end corporate subsidies.

As Congress wrestles with how to avoid the imminent fiscal cliff, a new poll finds that Massachusetts voters strongly favor increased taxes on the rich, less corporate welfare and no cuts in Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.

"I think that this survey really gives us a clear view of voters expectations of their elected officials," said Jason Stephany of MassUniting, a coalition of community groups, neighborhoods, faith organizations and workers advocating for good jobs, corporate accountability.

MassUniting conducted the poll along with Public Policy Polling. It was conducted from Nov. 27-29 and included 638 Massachusetts voters. 

"Essentially, the big thing that this poll tells us is that this election was not a fluke or a one-off thing," Jim Williams of Public Policy Polling said.

The top priorities for Massachusetts voters continue to be "job creation, deficit reduction and affordable health care," he added.

By strong margins, voters support raising revenue rather than cutting services. When asked whether those making more than $250,000 should pay more in taxes, 61 percent said yes. 

When asked if Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid should be cut, 73 percent said no. Upward of 77 percent support eliminating oil subsidies and corporate tax loopholes, and 76 percent said Congress should pass meaningful legislation to support job creation. 

And if Congress doesn't reach an agreement, a plurality of Bay State voters—42 percent—would blame Republicans. But Democrats wouldn't entire escape blame; 28 percent would blame the Dems and 27 percent of those polled said both parties would be equally to blame.

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Jillian December 19, 2012 at 12:47 PM
638 voters? Is that a lot? I think for a more accurate poll, they should be asking tens of thousands.
just thinking December 19, 2012 at 06:11 PM
they must have polled the 47% who are either a government worker or someone who is on some kind of government assisstance,another word those who don't pay taxes,or gets FREE medical.I would like to see on fair poll,that is the independents,the republicans and the takers.it took japan 10 yrs.to fix their country after trying to spend their way out. obama had 787 billion to give to his friends with the surplus, now they want more
just thinking December 19, 2012 at 08:56 PM
638 voters, they must have taken the poll at john (the coward ) kerry's office. the swift boaters are coming. to send him away
Joseph December 19, 2012 at 09:11 PM
"Jason Stephany of MassUniting, a coalition of community groups, neighborhoods, faith organizations and workers advocating for good jobs, corporate accountability." Corporate accountability? Pretty sure they have more accountability than the EBT program. Advocating for good jobs? What's considered a good job? One that requires a HS, college or post grad degree? Of one that doesn't require a HS or GED? 638 voters - "I think that this survey really gives us a clear view of voters expectations of their elected officials." No it doesn't Mr. Stephany. How about you tell us where across this vast Commonwealth you conducted these polls, along with how many people were polled at each location. Talk about skewed results. Typical MA "advocate" groups.

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