On higher taxes for the rich and business, support is high among all ideological groups, and only comes close for self-described conservatives who support the idea 47 percent of the time and oppose it at a 51 percent rate. Liberals go for the idea 86 percent of the time and moderates 79.
On the flip side, a sizable percentage of liberals also support cuts to major domestic programs, 41 percent, while a 56 percent majority of moderates and 73 percent of conservatives do as well. So it seems that a deal most resembling the "balanced approach" between new revenues and cuts continues to be the most palatable, as it has since the Super Committee was announced.
The ideological drivers here are apparent: despite a clear message in the public polling on deficit issues for months, Republicans did not want to embrace higher tax rates on wealthy individuals and businesses, fearing an increase would stifle recovery. Democrats didn't want to move much on entitlement reform, but that prospect was less popular anyway, so we are now left with the existing cuts to Medicare and Medicaid and a large chunk of defense spending, which nobody seems to like.
The CNN/ORC poll used 1,019 live telephone interviews with American adults conducted from November 18th to the 20th. It has a sampling error of three points.
2:10: This post was updated.