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Poll: Obama won fiscal cliff fight, but…

People think President Obama won the "fiscal cliff" fight, but they don't actually like the legislation that came out of it, according to a new Pew Research Center survey

Fifty-seven percent of Americans say that Obama got more of what he wanted from the deal; just 20 percent say Republican leaders got more of what they wanted. And 48 percent approve of the way Obama handled the negotiations; only 19 percent approve of the way GOP leaders did. 

Democrats overwhelmingly approve of how Obama handled the negotiations; less than half of Republicans approve of how their leaders did. 

That echoes polls from before the deal was struck, which showed that Republicans have a serious brand problem. It's why there's internal dissension in the party over whether to stage a showdown over the debt ceiling in two months. 

But the Pew poll isn't great news for Obama. Only 38 percent approve of the actual deal. A majority (52 percent) of Americans think the legislation will mostly hurt people like them. Sixty percent of those with only a high school education say it will mostly hurt people like them. 

Republicans are, unsurprisingly, more likely to see the legislation in a negative light. But about a third of Democrats, 36 percent, say it will mostly hurt people like them. 

One bright spot for the White House is that among those who say they followed the "fiscal cliff" drama very closely (38 percent) views of the legislation are more positive, with 49 percent approving. 

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.



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