Poll shows Americans want deal to avert fiscal cliff
November 14th, 2012
03:13 PM ET
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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. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    They did not ask me,says a right wingnut, so the poll does not count. Maybe a joke poll from Rasmussen or Gallup will convince the haters.

    November 14, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. it must be said

    sorry america, the country has run out of road to kick the can down. obama and the democrats have lead us to the fiscal cliif and they command forward. you must learn to pay today for the large government you crave and demand. you cannot continue to steal the futures of our children. you are nothing but thieves in the night. pay for your government, it is what you wanted so pay for it.

    November 14, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. Duffy from OHIO

    If the Republicans let this country go over the cliff. A Republican couldn't be elected dog catcher here in Ohio.

    November 14, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. Squigman

    It's amazing that a poll had to be taken, to see how the public felt. Would it not be better to avoid fiscal meltdown, as opposed to a complete meltdown of the entire fiscal system. How many good citizens answered negatively, and can they be restrained for deportation if found?

    November 14, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. Bill from GA

    "A majority of Americans ... say both parties should compromise equally."

    Before the 2000 election, Al Gore was going to continue paying down the debt and make a small increase in Medicare and Social Security withholdings to make both solvent for more that 75 years. After Bush, our debt is unbearable and Medicare and Social Security are near unfixable.

    To now compromise equally, after 12 years of unsustainable tax rates ( living off of the Credit Card ), is not a reasonable compromise for the good of this country. Yet the righties in our Government think even that is too much of a giveaway.

    Americans say we have the Greatest Country in the World, yet we don't want to pay for it.

    November 14, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Election results show Americans want President Obama's tax increase, and the Republican spending cuts. Republicans will overreach and think they hold the high ground on tax cuts, but they don't.

    November 14, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    If over $12 trillion of our national debt is due to republican ineptness, when will the goppers take responsibility? When they are in charge, debt does not matter. The goppers almost destroyed our country, so they need to pass the jobs bills and leave women's rights to women.

    November 14, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. discoveringmybeliefs

    Lol...' 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 '

    So they expect spending not to be cut, but taxes to not be increased. This confirms the majority of Americans have no idea what the hell is happening.

    November 14, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. joe

    repos are poised to be the most diliked group of idiots if they don't work towards a compromise. America is tired of all the infighting. Forward

    November 14, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. john2397

    I think Obama should accept the deal of the GOP to keep the current tax rates for all Americans but capped the deduction of the top rated Americans to a minimum. Obama can offer a zero deduction for millionaires imposing 2% special tax on unused money stored in the bank accounts, bonds and money market funds by these groups and corporations around the globe.

    November 14, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. Richard from NC

    My choice is the fiscal cliff. The alternative will just delay and increase the pain.

    November 14, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. silly liberals

    Duffy, you are from the dumbest state in the union and only the taxpayers keep it afloat, but it will fail and we will laugh.

    Bring on the cliff. No reason to wait any longer. We now have more parasites in the system than the system can afford. Let the economy fail and the workers will rebuild it and this time, no more handouts. People must swim or drown. That mean, no more liberals.

    November 14, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. Wake up People!

    This is ridiculous. Doubling down on sheer stupidity.

    November 14, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. Pete

    This the first warning republicans,the people of America are sick of your racist obstructionistic ways.Either get with the program and help America or find another vocation because you'll be unemployed by midterm if not..Norquists better recant his pledge to America or be treated as a traitor plain and simple you won't accept any more nonsense from the right and you'll see what happens as a party if you do..And a presidencial mandate make it illegal to lobby near the reps with jail time if caught,you work for us not the lobbyist who pad your pockets .Remember who put you here and who can take you out,your public servants of the people by the people,act like it!!

    November 14, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    So a few of them are already saying " sure, we'll compromise, as soon as Obama gives in 100%".

    Looks like we need to clean house of all republicans in 2014. THEY are the divisive ones.

    November 14, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. Borderless

    Obama gets re-elected. Stock market takes a dive. 'Nuff said.

    November 14, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. Ray E. (Georgia)

    There are Polls and there are Polls. Supposedly at the end of the Bush Adminstration the country was heading for a disaster. So Obama was Elected. And some measures were passed, it's hard to keep track of them all to alleveate the crisis. And then Obama Care was passed. The huge spending Bills passed to avert the Fiscal Cliff did very little to avert the crisis so a reduction of the Social Security Tax was passed to help. And an Extention of the Bush Tax Cuts was also passed. But it didn't help much and now we are at the Fiscal Cliff. Continuing his message Omama wants to Tax the rich, of which will mean more layoffs of workers. And more unemployment benifits of which means he will want to raise the debt celing again. That's what you voted for this last election.

    A simple solution? Repeal Obama Care, Lock, Stock., and Barrel and extend the Bush Tax Cuts for everybody for at least 10 years. That was employeres will hire and maybe the deficit will go down. Or you can do it Obama's way.

    November 14, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. Tom

    I support personal income and capital gains tax increases on the top 2% or more but with Employer Tax Carve Outs. For example, the 3% of businesses that would be hit by Obama's proposed personal income tax increase on the top 2% are responsible for about 55% of the jobs that are created by businesses that are taxed as personal income, and businesses that are taxed as personal income are responsible for generally about 60% to 90% of all new jobs and closer to 90% when coming out of a recession. Think about it, the newest, most dynamic, and fast growing businesses are not large enough to be C Corporations yet but they are making a lot of money so they are in the top tax bracket. But they are also plowing these profits back into expansion and US job creation. This is why I do not want to increase tax rates on them yet I do want to increase tax rates on all the non-American employing wealthy. This is done through US Employer Tax Carve Outs and US Employee Tax Credits. Keep in mind, within all the income that is produced by the top 2% of US income earners only 18% is the profits of any business that is taxed as personal income that has one or more employees in the US. For the top 1% it is about 21%, where it peaks. For the top 5% about 16% and for the top 10% it is about 12%. For the top 2% this is an extremely important 18% so their taxes should not go up. But 82% can go quite high, and you will raise much government revenues while incentivizing the non-employing wealthy to employ in the US. This same principle can also be used with capital gains and C Corporation taxes. The best place to learn about these ideas is at the website Third Way Progressives.org in the Weekly Blog section.

    November 14, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. FactCheck

    Obama gets re-elected. Stock market takes a dive.

    It's still 60% higher than when Bush left office. But hey, I take it that FACTS aren't something your type are in favor off. Now, go along and unskewer some polls.

    November 14, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. freedom

    NOW Americans want a deal? They had gold in their hands with Romney and Ryan. Now we're all going to struggle for generations to come. The whole country would have been uplifted with a different election outcome. Why do you want your taxes increased to cover Obama's obscene spending? This has been the worst master manipulation in American history from a sitting president not being held accountable. The Patraeus testimony is sure to shed light on the vast darkness.

    November 14, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. FactCheck

    Duffy, you are from the dumbest state in the union and only the taxpayers keep it afloat.

    Sorry no. You are thinking of Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, or any number of those red states that get back more in federal funds than they pay. These states are kept afloat by NY, Mass, NY, CA, etc. who all pay much more to the Fed than they get back. Again, those darn facts are far too confounding for you wingnuts. Please go unskewer some polls.

    November 14, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. Randy, San Francisco

    The only Americans who can survive the fall from the fiscal cliff are the 1% fat cats with their golden parachutes.

    November 14, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. Guest-Also

    Poll shows Americans want deal to avert fiscal cliff? Baloney! Clinton era tax rates? Bring em on!

    November 14, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. alien

    The obstructionist rightwing has inflicted enough pain on America, they had better play nice or the next step will be exstinction. Oh yea!!

    November 14, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. Bill from GA

    The Fiscal Cliff is way overrated.

    Tax rates will go back to the same as Clinton left us with, when we were paying down our debt.

    Less than $50 Billion a year will be chopped from the military, and from domestic spending, each.

    Last year we added about $1.2 TRILLION to the debt. With the wars ending, we should be able to find some savings somewhere. Otherwise, we need to raise taxes beyond the Clinton rates and Pay Our Bills.

    A good alternative would be to raise taxes some, cut spending some, and work together ( Congress and the Prez ) to grow the economy, as we reduce the debt and eventually begin to pay it down.

    November 14, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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