WASHINGTON – The current recession hasn\’t slackened most Americans approval of last year\’s tax cut, according to a recent Gallop Poll.

Results showed that 7-in-10 Americans want last year\’s tax cut to go ahead as planned. Only 28 percent believe it should be repealed. Forty-three percent of Americans also prefer the Republicans\’ approach to dealing with the recession.

"This poll shows once again that the public knows who the villain of the recession is. They know that it isn\’t the current tax cut, but the remnants of the Clinton Administration\’s economic policies," said Grover Norquist, president of American\’s for Tax Reform.

Last month\’s NBC/WSJ poll also showed that the public favors President Bush\’s economic approach over the Congressional Democrats\’ approach by almost a 2-1 margin. Gallop also reports that President Bush has had an 80-percent approval rating for 11 consecutive Gallop polls spanning four months-the longest duration of such presidential ratings in history.

"This is not a new idea. People have always wanted to get more of their hard earned money instead a seeing it go to bureaucrats and wasteful spending," Norquist continued.

Poll Results:

1. As you know, Congress passed a tax cut last year. Some of the tax cuts were scheduled to go into effect this year. Just your opinion, should Congress postpone or repeal the tax cut, or go ahead with the tax cut planned?

  • Postpone or repeal tax cut 28%
  • Go ahead as planned 67%

2. In general, do you prefer the Republicans\’ or the Democrats\’ approach to deal with the country\’s current economic problems?

  • Republican 43%
  • Democrats 37%

3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling his job as president?

  • Approve 84%
  • Disapprove 11%