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January 07, 2013

Poll: Obama bested Republicans in fiscal cliff talks, agreement not popular

A new Pew poll finds President Obama seen as the "clear political winner" in the fiscal cliff negotiations -- but the deal itself only gets a lukewarm reception.

As many disapprove as approve of the new law -- and more say it will have a negative, rather than positive effect on the federal deficit.

The national survey from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Jan. 3-6 among 1,003 adults, found that 57 percent said Obama got more of what he wanted, while just 20 percent said Republican leaders got more of what they wanted.

Nearly half -- 48 percent -- approved of the way Obama handled the negotiations; just 19 percent approved of the Republican handling of negotiations.


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