Bloomberg by the Numbers: 55

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President Barack Obama greets an audience member after speaking to workers about the economy during a visit to the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant in Redford, Mich., on Dec. 10, 2012.

That’s the percentage of Americans who said President Barack Obama is “making a serious effort” to work with Republican leaders in Congress to reach a budget agreement, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

Thirty-two percent said the same about Republican leaders, according to the survey conducted Dec. 5-9 of 1,503 adults.

The poll underscores Obama’s stronger negotiating position as he and Republicans try to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, a mix of more than $600 billion in tax hikes and spending reductions that are scheduled to take effect beginning next month unless Congress acts.

Obama, who was re-elected on Nov. 6 with about 51 percent of the vote, had an approval rating of 55 percent compared with 25 percent for Republican leaders in Congress, the poll found.

Most Americans agree with Obama that a budget agreement should raise tax rates on income exceeding $250,000, according to the Pew survey and a Bloomberg National Poll conducted Dec. 7-10.


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