Bloomberg by the Numbers: 54

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That’s the percentage of Americans who want to delay automatic spending cuts set to take effect beginning this week, according to a Bloomberg National Poll.

That majority said Congress should “delay steep cuts to give the economy a chance to continue recovering, which would help reduce the deficit,” according to the survey by Selzer & Co.

That compares to 40 percent who said it would be better for Congress to “act now to make steep cuts to reduce the deficit before it gets out of control.”

Without an agreement between President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress, the $1.2 trillion in spending cuts over nine years would start going into effect on March 1.

Bloomberg’s Julie Hirschfeld Davis has more here.

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