Obama More Influential — Republicans More to Blame: Poll

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President Barack Obama, right, and House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in the first face-to-face talks on reducing the deficit.

President Barack Obama will have more influence over the nation’s direction during the next two years than congressional Republicans will have, according to 61 percent of Americans surveyed. Just 33 percent say congressional Republicans will have more influence.

The  CNN/ORC International poll out today also finds 68 percent of Americans saying the automatic spending cuts and tax increases scheduled at year’s end known as the “fiscal cliff” would create a crisis or a major problem, with a plurality saying congressional Republicans would be more responsible than Obama if they failed to reach a deal.

A recent Pew Research Center poll also found Republicans bearing greater blame for a potential failure

More than three-fourths of respondents in the CNN survey — 77 percent — say tax increases and spending cuts would have a great impact or some affect on their personal financial situation, compared with 22 percent who say this would have not much or no impact at all.

The survey found 45 percent blaming Senate and House Republicans and 34 percent calling Obama responsible should the U.S. go over the fiscal cliff, with 15 percent seeing both parties as responsible.

Forty-five percent say Obama is doing enough to cooperate with congressional Republicans and 49 percent say he is not doing enough. As for Republicans in the House and Senate, 24 percent of the Americans surveyed by CNN say they are doing enough to cooperate with the president and 70 percent say they aren’t.

The survey of 1,023 adults was conducted Nov. 16-18, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.


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