Fiscal cliff deal didn't impress, poll shows
January 7th, 2013
06:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Fiscal cliff deal didn't impress, poll shows

(CNN) - For all the last-minute wrangling to avoid the potentially damaging consequences of the fiscal cliff, Americans aren't impressed with the solution, according to a new poll.

The Pew Research Center poll out Monday showed 38% of adults approved of the scaled-back deal congressional leaders passed as the calendar rolled into 2013 - after the country, technically, had gone over the cliff.

Had the across-the-board spending cuts and tax increases been implemented, economists predicted the U.S. economy would dip back into recession. Congressional leaders and the White House haggled over tax increases, eventually reaching a deal that delayed the spending cuts, which now are set to trigger in March.

Forty-one percent of adults disapprove of the deal and 21% did not register a view.

More than half, 52%, thought the deal would hurt people like them and only three in 10 thought it would help people like them.

The dismal view of the deal was reflected in other metrics: About a third thought it would help the budget deficit or the overall economy.

The Congressional Budget Office assessment that the bill would increase federal deficits by $4 trillion over the next decade included spending to extend unemployment benefits. It was also calculated in comparison to going over the cliff, when government revenues would be higher because of the higher tax rates.

The Pew survey was in line with a Gallup Poll released Friday that showed Americans generally disapproved of how their elected officials handled the negotiations.

Democrats, independents and Republicans agreed, however, that President Obama got more out of the legislation than did Republican leaders.

The poll, by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, included 1,003 adults reached by telephone between January 3 and 6. It had a sampling error of plus or minus 3.7 points.


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    .......is that GOP idiots saying to you??? Be glad at least nation did nit fall down faltering. God bless!!!

    January 7, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  2. Ed1

    I was surprised that it was as high as 38%.

    Congress didn't do anything to show how they would get this Country out of debt just another band aid.

    Stop spending what you don't have period.

    Fraud is so out of control why don't we turn that over to the private sector and they would get 50% of what they find and send the people who commit the crime to jail and would never be able to get any kind of Government help again.

    Don't think it would work well it would we have that in place in the private sector now they are called outside audits and they work and when someone is caught they get no more services from that company again. Tough love you bet and it works but to simple for our government to understand would love to show them how it works.

    January 7, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  3. Willy

    True, there is nothing impressive over the solutions. It would have been more impressive to go over the fiscal cliff but then we would have seen the results would not have been as doom and gloom as we had been told. Infact, we would be a healthier country more quickly had we gone over. We tend to enjoy lasting agony rather than the sharp pain the quickly gos away. Impressive would have been to do the right thing and that is just not what anyone really wants if it affects them.

    January 7, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It would be nice if the level of where taxes was starting at 250k rather than the higher amount. That would be a give from the GOP. The other side would have to give a little on the Social Securityand the Medicare eligibility rules. It would have been nice to have more done with this, but it is because these people are trying to cover their poltical butts as it were.

    January 7, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  5. bereasonable2

    Very sad state of affairs..... our government needs family counseling

    January 7, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  6. ziegfeldf

    Seriously? Most Americans, including a substantial minority who thought it was a "physical cliff," have no clue what this was all about, or how it turned out, the consequences or anything else. It's nice to know–and this pretty much backs me up–that a statistical sample of them had basically nothing to say about it. They're not impressed.

    January 7, 2013 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  7. Name lynn

    obama cant please everyone hes doing a great in the white house, the lord cant please these people an hes not trying to, bush set a trap for the poor an middle class people before he left the house white. An the rich was smiling now obama said we are not paying the rich people taxes an they are mad get over it peope.

    January 8, 2013 04:48 am at 4:48 am |
  8. Wake up People!

    Was it supposed to impress? Good lord, please start reporting some real news. What is this the Enquirer??

    January 8, 2013 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  9. Marie MD

    It's very hard to impress anyone when your likeability is at 9% for the worst congress in our history and now the weeper is back at the helm again. At least it wasn't crazy toothman no money for anybody but my district (one of many of the still silly boy of I want what I want when I want it) cantor.

    January 8, 2013 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  10. BO Lies

    Everyone who works for a living realizes now their paycheck is at least 2% less and that they've been lied to again.

    January 8, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |