Poll shows Americans want deal to avert fiscal cliff
November 14th, 2012
03:13 PM ET
10 years ago

Poll shows Americans want deal to avert fiscal cliff

(CNN) – As the deadline nears for Congress to reach an end-of-the-year agreement to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, a new poll released Wednesday indicates Americans feel a sense of urgency about the situation.

According to the USA Today/Gallup poll, 82% of adults say it's either extremely or very important for Congress and the president to find a deficit-reduction deal to prevent a massive amount of tax hikes and spending cuts from kicking in at the beginning of next year.

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A majority of Americans - 68% - say both parties should compromise equally. However, 14% of adults said Senate Democrats and the president should compromise more in the negotiations. An equal number took the opposite stance, saying Republicans should be the ones who make more concessions.

Three percent of adults, meanwhile, say neither party should compromise.

Asked, however, what they think will actually happen, more Americans - 21% - said Democrats will likely compromise more, whereas 15% said they expect Republicans to compromise. Just over a quarter - 26% - said both will compromise equally, while a plurality - 34% - said neither will likely make concessions.

The Gallup poll comes one day after a Pew Research Center poll showed about half of respondents believe Congress will fail to reach an agreement, while only 38% said a deal will be met. If the two sides fail to find common ground on reducing the deficit, 53% said congressional Republicans will be to blame while 29% said the responsibility falls on the president.

For the survey, Gallup interviewed 1,009 adults by telephone from November 9 to November 12. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

- CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.

Filed under: Fiscal Cliff
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald trump ??????

    The same gop trolls are on this thread with new names after going through therapists after Nov 6. And the romneytanic going to the bottom after hitting the obamaburg ,get with the program and take the fake gop job creator and tax the crap out of them .if they don't like it ,they can go to somila and run for office ,I hear they have gun rights and no taxes .

    November 14, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. betterdays

    This is funny. Things sure are going well in the U.S.A these days, arent they? I chuckle to myself.

    Remember, Obama submitted a budget plan that got ZERO votes. Zero.

    Granted, Romney couldn't have "taken us back to the 1950s" even if he had wanted to-which is in many, many ways unfortunate, because this country could use a good dose of 1950s values and ethics.

    Just keep going forward! That's it... put on your blindfold and go forward, confidently... just a little further....

    November 14, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. Borderless

    Closer to 5% higher. And when Bush left office it was about 5% higher than when Clinton left office. You and your name fail.

    November 14, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. GOP = Greed Over People

    In 2010 the GOP won 60+ local elections that represented those House local districts.

    The only national election we hold is the Presidential election, that is truly what representes the "will of the people" and therefore, a mandate is given to the winner and the agenda the winner ran on.

    Rest assured, if Robme had won with the exact same percentages and popular vote, it would have been "mandate" against Obamacare, equal pay rights for woman and a mandate that women were little more than bi-pedal incubators.

    So, get ready GOP take the loss and get to work "following the President's leadership"!!!

    November 14, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    "Obama gets re-elected. Stock market takes a dive."
    Had Romney won, then the market would have totally tanked...and banks would have been whining we need a TARP.

    November 14, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. The REAL Truth...

    The right wing trolls – after a brief moment of unresolved soul-searching – are back out in force, using other handles.. perhaps suggested by their therapists? BTW – that would be covered under ACA, but not under your current health plan. Surprised?
    What's not a surprise is the continued display of crass ignorance and amnesia tightly coupled with the refusal to accept FACT even when its wetting their pant legs. Their myopic view of the cause of the fiscal cliff is completely misguided. And there's plenty of fact to back that up. Here's some:

    – In 2000 when Bush 43 took office, the National Debt (ND) was at $5.67 TRILLION and the budget deficit was a SURPLUS $283 BILLION.
    – EIGHT yrs later, the ND was at $11.4 TRILLION and the deficit at $1.47 TRILLION. That's approx 100% INCREASE in ND and a 500% INCREASE in the deficit – in only 8 yrs. Don't even get me started on the $850 BILLION TARP bailout, Medicare Part-D not being funded and the $1.47 TRILLION deficit that was Dubya's exit strategy.
    – Now the ND is at $16.2T and the deficit hovering around $900 Billion.
    – Of the $4.8T difference in ND, there's at least $3 TRILLION of that to pay for the TWO unfunded Bush 43 wars. That leaves the Obama administration adding a MERE $1.8T to the ND and REDUCING the deficit by some 38%. Those numbers include the Stimulus plan and ACA.
    What part of the fiscal cliff NOT being the fault the Obama adminstrations fault to you not get ????

    November 14, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. The REAL Truth...

    Then there's the job creator myth the right keeps spinning... lower taxes have NO impact on creating jobs. Witness the last 12 years!!! It causes cash hoarding, not job creation. Couple the cash-on-hand with the lack of positive action from Congress and it's not wonder business is undecided on direction.
    Of course Americans want the fiscal cliff resolved. Given that the cliff is a direct result of failed juvenile fiscal polices such as trickle-down economics and lower tax policies of Republican administrations, I hold them fully responsible for reaching compromise and AGREEMENT with the Dems.
    Given the control that Norquist and the Teapugs hold over Boehner/McConnell, I'm not holding my breath.

    November 14, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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