Gallup poll: Americans split over ‘fiscal cliff’ deal

January 4, 2013

Americans are split over the deal lawmakers struck this week to avert the "fiscal cliff," with 43 percent saying they approve and 45 percent saying they disapprove in a Gallup poll conducted Thursday.

The agreement, which raised taxes on wealthy Americans while preserving middle-class rates, was received considerably better by Democrats than Republicans, the poll shows. Sixty-seven percent of Democrats approve of the measure, while nearly as many Republicans — 65 percent — disapprove. 

Among independents, 39 percent said they approve of he deal, while 46 percent said they disapprove. 

The leaders who worked to resolve the crisis received sub-par marks. Among them, President Obama fared best, with 46 percent saying they approve of the way he handled the negotiations and 48 percent saying they disapprove. Vice President Biden wasn't far behind, with a 40 percent approval rating and 42 percent disapproval rating. 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) each only received an approval rating of around 30 percent. 

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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