Bloomberg by the Numbers: 43, 45

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Those are the percentages of Americans who approve and disapprove, respectively, of last week’s agreement on the so-called fiscal cliff, according to Gallup.

While Americans generally are divided on the agreement to avert automatic tax hikes and spending cuts, self-identified Democrats and Republicans are of different minds on a measure that permanently extends George W. Bush-era tax cuts for married couples’ income up to $450,000.

Republicans disapprove of the deal by 65 percent to 27 percent, while Democrats approve of it by 67 percent to 23 percent, the survey found. Most Republican members of Congress pushed to extend the tax cuts for all income-earners, while President Barack Obama and most Democrats wanted to end the tax cuts on family income exceeding $250,000.

Among independents, 39 percent approve and 46 percent disapprove of the agreement.

Obama signed the measure into law Jan. 2, the day after Congress approved it by votes of 89-8 in the Senate and 257-167 in the House.

The Gallup survey of 1,026 adults was conducted on Jan. 3.

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