Of course he lied.
This was nothing new. What’s new is that the state-run media actually pointed it out.
The AP reported:
You might say President Barack Obama cut himself some extra margin of error when he claimed 80 percent of Americans want the debt crisis solved with a mix of tax increases and spending cuts. Polling does suggest, as Obama said, that Americans overall and even Republican voters are open to higher taxes as part of the solution. But claiming support from 8 in 10 people was a reach.
The AP article points to the Quinnipiac and Gallup polls from this week.
Of course, they “forgot” to include the Rasmussen poll that shows that 55% of American voters oppose Obama’s tax hikes.