Bloomberg by the Numbers: 54

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Business leaders from Dow Chemical Co., Chevron Corp. and IBM Corp. depart from the White House after meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on Nov. 14, 2012.

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.

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