Another Presidential Day of Deception

The president says 80% of the American people want higher taxes. They're sold, he says.

Just 34% think a tax hike should be included in any legislation to raise the debt ceiling. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 55% disagree and say it should not.

Is Obama telling the truth? Of course not, he's the president.

Quinnipiac University put those ruling out tax increases at 25 percent overall, including 48 percent of Republicans — much worse numbers for Obama’s argument… Nearly one-third of people (30 percent) say they want a deal that is mostly spending cuts with some tax increases, while another 32 percent say the plan should be balanced equally between tax increases and spending cuts.

Only 11 percent say the deal should be mostly or solely tax increases. So saying that 80 percent of Americans support a “balanced approach” may be over-stating things.

The Gallup poll actually shows 50 percent of Americans say either no tax increases or that tax increases should be the smaller part of the package.