Gallup Poll on What Congress Should Do

11/29/2010

Right before Thanksgiving, Gallup conducted a poll which revealed that "passing legislation that would keep the estate tax from increasing significantly next year" topped the list of six actions Congress should take before the end of 2010. The random survey of a little over 1,000 Americans had the following results:

  1. 56% want legislation passed to keep the federal estate tax from increasing.
  2. 50% want some form of the Bush income tax cuts to be extended.
  3. 48% want unemployment benefits extended for the long-term unemployed.
  4. 40% want ratification of the "START" treaty which will lead to the reduction of U.S. and Russian nuclear weapons.
  5. 32% want the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy repealed to allow openly gay men and women to serve our country.
  6. 31% want the "DREAM Act" passed which will allow illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to gain residency if they join the military or go to college.

So now we know what the people want ... if you believe in polls.  I guess the real question is "what does Congress want" and are they listening to the American people.