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%).