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Republicans support jobs creation, too

Okay, this is just crazy.

As I’ve been noting here regularly, there’s a striking disconnect in public opinion: While disapproval of Obama is running strong on the economy, and while pessimism is running high that he’ll turn it around, solid majorities support the actual fiscal policies Obama has been championing.

Did you know that this dynamic also applies to Republican voters? Well, that’s what Gallup finds today.

Needless to say, many polls have already shown that Republicans overwhelmingly disapprove of Obama on the economy and overwhelmingly oppose the American Jobs Act.

But when Gallup asked about the provisions within the jobs bill, Republicans and Republican leaners supported them — even though the question mentioned Obama’s name:

* Fifty-six percent of of Republicans and GOP leaners support providing additional funds to hire public employees.

* Fifty-three percent of Republicans and GOP-leaners support increasing taxes on corporations by eliminating some deductions (which GOP leaders have derided as “class warfare”).

* Fifty percent of Republicans and GOP leaners support providing additional funds for public works projects, including school repair.

* Eighty four percent of Republicans and GOP leaners support providing tax cuts for small businesses, including hiring incentives.

Reupblicans do oppose extending unemployment insurance and raising taxes on wealthy individuals. Unsurprisingly, the proposal that gets far and away the most Republican support are the tax cuts. But the spending proposals, and the elimination of corporate loopholes, have Republican support, too. As Gallup put it: “at least half of Republicans favor four of the six proposals tested.”

Also: Forty percent of Republicans think the overall bill would help create jobs.

Needless to say, these findings won’t matter at all in the real world, and won’t do a thing to make passage of Obama’s bill more likely. But they neatly underscore the fact that these proposals aren’t controversial in the least — and suggest that they should be enjoying bipartisan support in the alternate universe otherwise known as the United States Congress.


Greg Sargent writes The Plum Line blog, a reported opinion blog with a liberal slant -- what you might call “opinionated reporting” from the left.
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