Gallup: Americans Less Optimistic Country Will Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Wednesday, 26 Dec 2012 03:00 PM

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The country appears to be losing faith that President Barack Obama and leaders in Congress will come together on a deal to avoid careening off the fiscal cliff on Jan. 1, according to a new Gallup poll.

Gallup also found that more than two-thirds of the country would like to see all  the leaders in Washington compromise on a deal to avoid the cliff, rather than insisting on hard requirements before voting for a deal.

Over the last month, the percentage of Americans who believe leaders will cut a deal to avoid the cliff dropped from 58 percent to 50 percent.

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During the same time, the number of those who expect the automatic tax increases and budget cuts to kick in on Jan. 1 increased from 39 percent to 48 percent.

Throughout the month of December, roughly two-thirds of the country steadily told the polling company that they’d like to see their elected leaders stopping insisting only on what they want and find a mid-point to agree on.

Sixty-eight percent of participants in the survey told Gallup they want to see a compromise, two points higher than the week before.

Gallup conducted the new poll Dec. 21 and 22, speaking with a random sample of 1,076 adults from across the country. The margin of error is 4 points.

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