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Public wants compromise on fiscal cliff, but specifics unpopular

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With the end of the year approaching, Americans give Obama his highest approval ratings in over a year and key advantages over Republicans in the battle over the so-called 'fiscal cliff.' Still, majorities say both Obama and Republicans are not willing enough to compromise to reach a deal.

Poll Questions

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?

No opinion

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling The economy?

No opinion

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling Taxes? (Asked of half sample)

No opinion

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling Budget negotiations to avoid the so-called 'fiscal cliff'?

No opinion

Q: Do you think Obama has a mandate to carry out the agenda he presented during the presidential campaign, or should he compromise on the things the Republicans strongly oppose?

No opinion

Q: Which comes closest to describing the way you feel about the outcome of the 2012 presidential election: enthusiastic, satisfied but not enthusiastic, dissatisfied but not angry or angry?

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way The Democrats in Congress are doing their job?

No opinion

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way The Republicans in Congress are doing their job?

No opinion

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republican leaders of Congress are handling budget negotiations to avoid the so-called 'fiscal cliff'?

No opinion

Q: Who do you trust to do a better job Coping with the main problems the nation faces over the next few years - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)?

Q: Who do you trust to do a better job Handling the economy - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)? (Asked of half sample)

Q: Who do you trust to do a better job Protecting the middle class - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)?

Q: Who do you trust to do a better job Handling taxes - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)? (Asked of half sample)

Q: Who do you trust to do a better job Handling the federal budget deficit - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)? (Asked of half sample)

Q: Overall, what do you think is the best way to reduce the federal budget deficit - (by cutting federal spending), (by increasing taxes) or by a combination of both?

Q: If deficit reduction comes both from (cutting spending) AND from (increasing taxes), should it be more from (cutting spending), or more from (increasing taxes) or should it be half from each?

Q: In order to strike a budget deal, would you accept Cutting spending on Medicaid, which is the government health insurance program for the poor or is this something you would find unacceptable?

No opinion

Q: In order to strike a budget deal that avoids the so-called 'fiscal cliff', would you accept Cutting military spending or is this something you would find unacceptable?

No opinion

Q: In order to strike a budget deal that avoids the so-called 'fiscal cliff', would you accept Raising taxes on Americans with incomes over 250-thousand dollars a year or is this something you would find unacceptable?

No opinion

Q: In order to strike a budget deal that avoids the so-called 'fiscal cliff', would you accept Raising the age for Medicare coverage from 65 to 67 or is this something you would find unacceptable?

No opinion

Q: In order to strike a budget deal, would you accept Changing the way Social Security benefits are calculated so that benefits increase at a slower rate than they do now or is this something you would find unacceptable?

No opinion

Q: In order to strike a budget deal, would you accept Capping the amount of money people can claim in tax deductions at no more than 50-thousand dollars a year or is this something you would find unacceptable?

No opinion

Q: How likely do you think it is that (Obama) and (Republicans in Congress) will agree on a budget plan that avoids the fiscal cliff?

Q: If a budget agreement is not reached, who do you think will be mainly to blame - (the Republicans in Congress) or (Obama)?

Q: How concerned are you, if at all, about what may happen to the national economy if Obama and Congress cannot reach a budget agreement?

Q: How concerned are you, if at all, about what may happen to your personal finances if Obama and Congress cannot reach a budget agreement?

Q: How concerned are you, if at all, about what may happen to the government's ability to operate effectively if Obama and Congress cannot reach a budget agreement?

Q: How concerned are you, if at all, about what may happen to the U.S. military if Obama and Congress cannot reach a budget agreement?

Q: Has the leadership of the Republican Party been too willing or not willing enough to compromise with Obama on the budget deficit?

Q: Has Obama been too willing or not willing enough to compromise with the leadership of the Republican Party on the budget deficit?

Q: Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a...

 
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