Obama Won Fiscal Talks — a Deal with Split Verdicts, Pew Finds

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A woman jogs past a roadside souvenir stall displaying T-shirt with President Barack Obama's picture in Washington on Jan. 5, 2013.

President Barack Obama has emerged as the winner in the showdown over resolving the tax increases and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff, even as Americans are closely divided over what they think of the deal, according to a poll out today.

The survey by the Pew Research Center finds 57 percent of respondents saying the deal gave Obama more of what he wanted, while 20 percent say Republican leaders got more.

And 48 percent approve of the way Obama handled the talks, compared with 19 percent who approve of the tactics taken by congressional Republican leaders. On the other hand, 40 percent disapprove of the way Obama handled the negotiations and 66 percent disapprove of the Republicans’ handling.

Even so, Pew finds, 41 percent disapprove of the final deal, compared with 38 percent who approve of it.

By 52 percent to 30 percent, respondents say the agreement would hurt people like them rather than help, and by 44 percent to 36 percent they say it would hurt rather than help the economy. The survey of 1,003 adults was taken Jan. 3-6 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.


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