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Americans blame Republicans more than Democrats for "fiscal cliff": Reuters/Ipsos poll

Thu Dec 27, 2012

(Reuters) - Americans blame Republicans in Congress more than congressional Democrats or President Barack Obama for the current "fiscal cliff" crisis, as the deadline approaches for action to avert big tax increases and spending cuts, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Thursday.

When asked who they believed to be more responsible for the "fiscal cliff" situation, 27 percent blamed Republicans in Congress, 16 percent blamed Obama and 6 percent pointed to Democrats in Congress. The largest percentage - 31 percent - blamed "all of the above."

A similar breakdown was found in response to questions about the economy. Asked who was responsible for the national unemployment rate, the poll found 23 percent chose Republicans in Congress, 16 percent said Obama and 7 percent said Democrats in Congress, while 32 percent picked "all of the above."

The U.S. unemployment rate stood at 7.7 percent in November, according to Labor Department figures.

"Fiscal cliff" refers to the tax increases on nearly all Americans and the deep, automatic government spending cuts due to begin in January - possibly pushing the United States back into recession - if lawmakers do not take action.

Sixty-seven percent of Americans polled in the online survey said the impending "fiscal cliff" was not affecting their holiday spending.

The survey of 1,477 Americans, interviewed online, was conducted December 23-27. The precision of the Reuters/Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

by 2012 Poll Trollreply 812/27/2012

As they should.

by 2012 Poll Trollreply 112/27/2012

HEL-LO? Republicans don't want agree with anything, especially when it comes to democracy.

by 2012 Poll Trollreply 212/27/2012

So poll after poll comes out all stating the same thing: Republicans will be blamed if something goes wrong.

So of course what does Obama do? He caves in to them.

by 2012 Poll Trollreply 312/27/2012

Obama didn't cave, R3.

by 2012 Poll Trollreply 412/27/2012

Obama isn't caving in, the republicans are making it difficult for Obama. Everyone and their dogs know that.

by 2012 Poll Trollreply 512/27/2012

Obama putting anything regarding Social Security on the table, which he did under the changed-CPI proposal, is caving. I wish we had presidential recall elections because the only time we get the Obama we voted for is when he's up for election.

by 2012 Poll Trollreply 612/27/2012

R6 - You seem about as unwilling to compromise as a tea bagger. The changes in COLA calculations are minor, and don't really change the nature of SS.

by 2012 Poll Trollreply 712/27/2012

And that was turned down.

by 2012 Poll Trollreply 812/27/2012
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