Americans’ Optimism Wanes About Averting ‘Fiscal Cliff’

Americans’ optimism that President Barack Obama and congressional leaders will reach a budget agreement before Jan. 1 has waned somewhat over the past week. Fifty percent now believe this and 48% are doubtful, a change from the previous three weeks, when the solid majority of Americans were generally confident leaders would reach a deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. …

The same poll shows Americans expressing increased confidence in the various Democratic players involved in the negotiations, including President Barack Obama, Democratic leaders in Congress, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. [cont.]

Lydia Saad, Gallup