Bloomberg by the Numbers: 38

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Visitors ride on Segway personal transporter vehicles past the U.S. Capitol building in Washington.

That’s the percentage of U.S. adults who say that President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress will reach an agreement to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, according to a Pew Research Center poll.

Fifty-three percent of respondents would blame Republicans in Congress if no pact is reached to avoid the $607 billion in tax hikes and automatic spending cuts set to go into motion beginning in January, compared to 29 percent who would blame Obama, who was re-elected on Nov. 6 with about 51 percent of the popular vote and 332 electoral votes.

Republicans are more likely than Democrats or political independents to say that the combination of tax hikes and spending cuts will have a “major effect” on the U.S. economy and their personal financial situation, the survey said.

The Pew survey was conducted Nov. 8-11 of 1,000 adults.

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