That’s the percentage of Americans who said President Barack Obama is genuinely interested in working with business leaders to reach a budget deal, according to a Bloomberg National Poll.
Forty-one percent said Obama instead is meeting with CEOs to “score political points,” according to the survey conducted Dec. 7-10 of 1,000 adults.
Obama and senior administration officials are urging business executives to press Congress for an agreement to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, the combination of more than $600 billion in tax increases and spending reductions that are scheduled to take effect beginning in January.
Obama is pushing for higher tax rates on family income over $250,000, and 65 percent of poll respondents said his re-election on Nov. 6 gave him a mandate to do so. Forty-five percent of Republicans agreed with that statement, the poll found.