If there was one thing that everybody understood was a big difference between myself and Mr. Romney, it was when it comes to how we reduce our deficit, I argued for a balanced, responsible approach, and part of that included making sure that the wealthiest Americans pay a little bit more.
I think every voter out there understood that that was an important debate, and the majority of voters agreed with me. By the way, more voters agreed with me on this issue than voted for me. So we’ve got a clear majority of the American people who recognize if we’re going to be serious about deficit reduction, we’ve got to do it in a balanced way.
Should income tax rates: Total Increase for all 13% Increase only on income
over $250,000 47% Not increase for anyone 35%
That is 60% in favor of higher taxes. 13% favor higher taxes on everyone and roughly 45-47% favor higher taxes on someone else (4% of respondents claimed to have income in excess of $250,000 and 42% of that group voted for Obama, so there may be some self-sacrifice in the 46% who want to tax "the rich").
However! Let's note that the question said nothing about devoting that tax increase to deficit reduction. The current version of Paul Krugman has been mocking deficit hawks for several years (back in 2003 when we had a weak economy and weak job growth the Bush deficits were scary and would lead to hyper-inflation, but that was then...).
So how many of the 60% of the folks who want to raise taxes are as unconcerned about the deficit as Paul Krugman and really want to see the new money go to an expansion of government services? There are some ardent libs out there after all, and plenty of economics textbooks dismiss the idea of raising taxes and cutting spending in order to stimulate the economy.
A second exit poll question tackles this:
Should taxes be raised to help cut the budget deficit? Total
Yes 33% No 63%
Hmm. One might want to argue that people misunderstood the question and took it to mean "Should YOUR taxes be raised to help cut the deficit?". Maybe! But it seems equally plausible that, by connecting this answer to the 60% of tax-hikers unearthed in the previous question, we can infer that 33% want taxes raised to cut the deficit, 27% want taxes raised to pay for more goodies, and 35% don't want taxes raised at all. (The 35% opposed to a tax hike are joined by the 27% opposed to deficit reduction to get to roughly 63% opposed to raising taxes to cut the deficit.)
Which implies that Obama's statistics jockeys are back on the Choom Gang and his claim of majority support for his notion of raising taxes on "the rich" in order to cut the deficit must have been inspired by the legalizations in Colorado and Washington.
WHILE WE ARE CITING POLLS... 49% want to repeal some or all of ObamaCare; 18% like it "as is" and 26% want to expand it. Clearly there is a huge sentiment on favor of adjusting the law, yes? What is Obama waiting for?