New national data from a poll commissioned by the Associated Press shows that Americans would prefer to continue the payroll tax break that was originally part of President Obama’s stimulus package passed in 2009. Nearly six in ten of those polled said Congress should keep it.
On the payroll tax deduction, 58 percent of respondents said they want Congress to extend the break, while 35 percent want it to expire. Democrats and independents are the strongest supporters of continuing the tax cut, while Republicans were evenly divided. But the difference is more partisan than ideological: Conservatives supported an extension, 54 percent to the 42 percent who prefer to let the reduction expire.