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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 04:40 PM

Public ready to blame Republicans if fiscal cliff talks fail

Public ready to blame Republicans if fiscal cliff talks fail

by Joan McCarter

There's good news and bad news in a new Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll. Bad news first. All the hyperventilating about the "fiscal cliff" in the media has people freaked out.



More than six in 10 believe a missed deadline would have an overall negative impact on the U.S. economy, and about the same number anticipate a blow to their personal finances, including 74 percent of those with incomes of at least $100,000. Without a deal, taxes will jump for nine in 10 Americans, with the steepest hikes for top income brackets.

The potential negative effects on the economy are significant. But they aren't immediate, even if Jan. 1 comes and goes without an agreement. There's ample time after that deadline for any crisis, including middle class tax hikes, to be averted. That said, here's the good news in the poll.

But Republicans in Congress may face more public pressure to make concessions. Should negotiations break down to avoid the $500 billion rash of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts, 53 percent are inclined to blame Republicans in Congress while 29 percent single out Obama.

If nothing else, that strengthens President Obama's hand in not making a deal before year's end, particularly since the House GOP rank and file seem to be already rejecting the idea of a leadership compromise with Obama.

Putting responsibility on House Republicans for a lame-duck failure will make negotiations with the new Congress (which will be minus a few of its current tea partying nihilists) that much easier. They could be forced to the table without the cuts to entitlement sweeteners offered up in previous negotiations.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/13/1161250/-Public-ready-to-blame-Republicans-if-fiscal-cliff-talks-fail

Reid: We Agree On How To Resolve 97-98 Percent Of Fiscal Cliff
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021809162

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Reply Public ready to blame Republicans if fiscal cliff talks fail (Original post)
ProSense Nov 2012 OP
Uncle Joe Nov 2012 #1
ProSense Nov 2012 #3
PoliticAverse Nov 2012 #2
LiberalFighter Nov 2012 #4
leftstreet Nov 2012 #5
ProSense Nov 2012 #6
leftstreet Nov 2012 #7
ProSense Nov 2012 #8

Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 04:43 PM

1. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, ProSense.

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Response to Uncle Joe (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 05:29 PM

3. You're welcome. n/.t

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 05:00 PM

2. The ball is in Obama's hands... n/t

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 05:31 PM

4. 100 - 53 is 47% ---> Romney

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 05:33 PM

5. Political junkies will blame GOP, public will blame Obama

That's how this works

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 07:11 PM

6. No, exit polls show more than 53 percent blame Bush

for the bad economy, and 60 percent of voter want the tax cuts on the rich to expire.

Americans will blame Republicans (see the OP).

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Response to ProSense (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 07:13 PM

7. Your OP says 'public' not '2012 voters'

Lowest turnout since 2004, so the results really don't speak for 'the public'

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #7)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 07:19 PM

8. Wait,

"Lowest turnout since 2004, so the results really don't speak for 'the public'"

...120 milllion voters is different from "Americans" and "the public"?

There has only been one other Presidential election since 2004, and this election surpassed the 2004 turnout. Yeah, 2008 it isn't, but that was a big year.

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