Quick Hit Wednesday April 20th, 2011, 4:34pm

Polls: Republicans, Independents, And Tea Partiers Oppose Ryan Budget

By overwhelming majorities, Americans of all political leanings oppose the 2012 budget plan proposed by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). The radical plan passed the U.S. House with no support from the Democrats, while the entire Republican congressional delegation from Illinois has been in love with it. But the GOP might reconsider that vote if it could do it all over again. A pair of polls show that even a large number of Republicans support raising taxes on the wealthy, and the Tea Partiers folks oppose the cuts to Medicare and Medicaid that are the hallmark of the GOP plan.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll showed that 72 percent of the 1,001 American adults said they supported a tax hike for incomes over $250,000, including 68 percent of independents and 54 percent of Republicans; Ryan's plan would actually cut the taxes for the rich. In a McClatchy-Marist poll, 64 percent of 1,084 registered voters supported the same idea that President Obama laid out as his deficit-reduction plan to cut $4 trillion over the next 12 years.

And an overwhelming 80 percent of those voters also opposed cutting Medicare spending in the McClatchy-Marist poll, including 70 percent of voters polled who self-identified with the Tea Party, 92 percent of Democrats, 73 percent of Republicans and 75 percent of independents.

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