Gallup: People less optimistic about cliff deal


McClatchy Newspapers

People are growing pessimistic that the White House and congressional leaders can reach an agreement on avoiding the fiscal cliff, a new Gallup poll said Wednesday.

Fifty percent said a deal was very or somewhat likely, compared to 48 percent who felt otherwise. Over the previous three weeks, Gallup said, a "solid majority of Americans were generally confident leaders would reach a deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff."

If nothing is done, Bush-era tax cuts will expire Monday, and automatic spending cuts will go into effect Jan. 2. President Barack Obama is due to leave Hawaii later Wednesday, and Congress returns Thursday.

The data reflects views from Dec. 21-22.

Gallup also found Americans showed "increased confidence in the various Democratic players involved in the negotiations, including President Barack Obama, Democratic leaders in Congress, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid."

Fifty-four percent approve of Obama's handling of the negotiations, up from 48 percent a week ago. That coincides with a small increase in Obama's approval rating.

"That increase may at least partly reflect Americans' response to Obama's actions in the aftermath of the tragic Newtown, Conn., school shootings Dec. 14, combined with his ongoing efforts in regard to the fiscal cliff," Gallup said.

There's been no major change in ratings of Republican leaders generally, or of Republican House Speaker John Boehner.

To read more:

Read more Politics Wires stories from the Miami Herald

  • US teen held in Israel after arrest at protest

    The U.S. is confirming that a 15-year-old American citizen is being held by Israeli authorities for his alleged role in protests earlier this month in East Jerusalem.

  • Lawmaker sorry he mistook US officials as Indian

    A freshman Republican lawmaker has apologized for mistaking two senior U.S. government officials as visitors from India when they testified at a congressional hearing.

Tom Foley, the endorsed Republican candidate for Connecticut governor, center left, talks with restaurant owner Sophie Bartkowicz, as New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart, left, and State Rep. candidate Edward Colon, second from left, listen, as Foley campaigns in New Britain, Conn, Monday, July 28, 2014. Foley, who was trounced by urban voters in his narrow loss four years ago to Dannel Malloy, says this time he is focusing more on cities.

    Foley focuses on cities in seeking Malloy rematch

    Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley said Monday he's still crafting his urban agenda for Connecticut's cities, focusing on issues such as high unemployment, a large educational achievement gap and affordable housing needs.

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category