Sixty-two percent of Americans want to see President Barack Obama and Congress compromise to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff — more than double those who want leaders to hold steadfast on their views on tax increases and spending cuts.
Only 25 percent of the 1,000 adults surveyed by Gallup on Dec. 1-2 responded that they would like both sides to remain true to their positions on the cuts and increases.
A majority of all party groups favor compromise, Gallup found.
In addition, many Americans responded that they were optimistic on whether a fiscal deal can be reached before huge spending cuts and tax increases take effect on Jan. 2 — 58 to 39 percent.
Gallup also found that President Obama is handling the negotiations to avoid the fiscal cliff measures well — with 52 percent of those surveyed approving of his efforts.
That compared with a 27 percent approval rating for Republican congressional leaders — and only 39 percent for Democratic leaders, the survey found.
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