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Poll: Americans tell GOP leaders to take a hike off the fiscal cliff


Cliff diving

It’s worse than Republicans thought.

The first national poll conducted after the fiscal cliff deal finds that Americans overwhelmingly believe President Obama won the game of political chicken along the ledge of the “fiscal cliff.”

Then there’s the bad news for the GOP.

Just 19 percent of Americans approve of the way Republicans handled the fiscal cliff showdown, according to a new national survey from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

Even Republicans were unhappy with the Republican leaders: just 41 percent gave John Boehner & Co. good grades for their work on the cliff deal.

President Obama won the approval of 48 percent of Americans for his role in the negotiations. Not great. But a whole lot better than the Republican leaders.

The Jan. 3-6 survey of 1,003 adults find that Obama isn’t just a political winner. Fifty-seven percent of those surveyed say Obama got more of the policy substance he wanted from the tax compromise — which made the Bush tax rates permanent for about 99 percent of U.S. taxpayers while raising rates on family income above $450,000. A mere 20 percent say Republican leaders got more of what they wanted.

Republicans, by a massive margin, said Obama got the better of their leaders: by 74 percent to 11 percent, they say Obama got more of what he wanted.

According to a Pew analysis, “the legislation itself gets only a lukewarm reception from the public: As many disapprove as approve of the new tax legislation, and more say it will have a negative than positive impact on the federal budget deficit, the national economy and people like themselves.”

>>> Check out the full report

One Response

  1. Lebron says:

    The “Pew Research Center for the People & the Press”
    Are you kidding me… You expect to get an unbiased
    poll from this organization? Wait until the new Tax increases
    hit in the next week or two and sink in. Then call the polls again and see if you get the same response. Keep trying to get us to believe everything is fine… Amazing