We Want a Deal, But No Sacrifices

Obama approval near 2-year high

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 18, 2012 10:52 AM CST

(Newser) – Most Americans are hoping for a deal to avert the fiscal cliff, but it seems that nobody really wants to endure the cuts that both sides say are needed, a Washington Post/ABC poll finds. Some 74% of Americans say they'd be OK with raising taxes on those earning more than $250,000, as President Obama wishes. But that's not enough to fix the deficit, both parties say. A majority also supports limiting tax deductions, the Post reports.

Negotiators have discussed cutting military and Medicaid spending, raising the Medicare age, and slowing Social Security benefit growth—but a majority of those polled called every one of those options "unacceptable." In fact, few—just 14%—think a deal is "very likely." Instead, 76% believe Republicans won't budge enough, and 57% feel the same about Obama. Still, the president is enjoying his highest approval rating—52%—in two years, not counting the 56% rating following the death of Osama bin Laden. Still, only slightly more than a third of respondents think Obama has a firm mandate following his reelection. Click through for more results from the poll.

President Barack Obama, accompanied by House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, speaks to reporters in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.
President Barack Obama, accompanied by House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, speaks to reporters in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
John Boehner speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill.
John Boehner speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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