7 in 10 Americans disapprove of GOP handling of fiscal cliff standoff
Nearly seven in 10 Americans disapprove of how congressional Republicans are handling the fiscal cliff, a new poll has found.
According to the CBS News Poll, nearly 69 Americans disapprove of Republicans handling of the fiscal cliff, while only a 17 percent approving oh how the GOP is handling the negotiations.
The poll found that nearly 50 percent disapprove of how Obama and congressional Democrats are negotiating, while 38 percent approve of the same.
Half of Americans think Congress and the president will reach a deal to avert the cliff, which amounts to a package of widespread tax increases and deep spending cuts that will go into effect at the beginning of 2013, Politico reports.
The poll found that nearly 44 percent think a deal probably will not be reached.
An overwhelming majority of Americans, 69 percent, continue to support raising taxes on Americans earning above 250,000 dollars a year, with even a majority of Republicans supporting such a deal.
Only 45 percent support reducing government benefits "for people like you," with 48 percent opposed.