Bloomberg by the Numbers: 36

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Commuters make their way home on a subway in New York.

That’s the percentage of the public that says changes to tax laws to avert the so-called fiscal cliff will help the economy, according to the Pew Research Center for People & the Press.

That compares with 46 percent who say the tax changes will hurt the economy, according to the survey taken Jan. 3-6.

The fiscal cliff agreement, which President Barack Obama signed into law on Jan. 2, makes permanent the George W. Bush-era income tax cuts for about 99 percent of Americans while letting them expire on family income above $450,000. A temporary payroll tax cut enacted in 2011 also expired, pushing the tax back to 6.2 percent from 4.2 percent.

About 77 percent of U.S. households will pay more in taxes under the agreement, mainly because of the expiration of the payroll tax cut, according to preliminary estimates from the Tax Policy Center.

Fifty-seven percent of respondents say that Obama got more of what he wanted, compared with 20 percent who say Republican leaders got more, as my colleague Jonathan D. Salant wrote  in Political Capital.


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