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November 13, 2012

Poll finds Republicans in Congress will take the blame if U.S. falls off fiscal cliff

A new Pew poll finds the public skeptical that President Obama and congressional Republicans will reach an agreement by the end of the year to avoid plunging off the so-called fiscal cliff.

More than half -- 51 percent -- say the two sides will not reach an agreement, while just 38 percent say they will. If no deal is reached, the blame is more likely to be directed at congressional Republicans than Obama by a margin of 53 percent to 29 percent.

More of those surveyed said the automatic spending cuts and tax increases scheduled to take effect in January would have a major effect on the U.S. economy, rather than on their own finances. But nearly identical majorities say the effect of the changes would be mostly negative for the economy (62%) and their personal financial situation (60%).

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ibsteve2u

Concur with what JohnnyMorales said. The good Lord above - or the Great Spirit, if you prefer (with a nod to Thomas Nass above) - certainly knows that even if the Republicans aren't working 365/24/7 to sell America out, the people they're selling America out to don't take the religious holidays the Republicans avail themselves of.

Thomas Nass

In the vernacular of our Native American brothers, I would designate our congress and senate as: Haphazard “Assemblages of Men and Women with many wires down!”
I can only Hope that the New Arrivals” will see to the “Re-stringing” of these Wires!

JohnnyMorales

If these #s hold up if/when the crisis comes to a head, then I'd say the American people have finally awakened to the reality that politics should be part of their lives 24/7 not just something they deal with every 4 years, and that's a very good thing.

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