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Thursday, 15 November 2012 16:05
Poll: Fiscal cliff, Obama popularity and Divided nation

obama-romney-debateHow popular is President Barack Obama, especially compared to his immediate predecessors?  How divided are the American voters?  Will the U.S. jump over the fiscal cliff?

For the answers, here is the latest from Ron Faucheux of Clarus:







Reagan at this point: 62%

Clinton at this point: 58%

Bush 43 at this point: 55%

Bush 41 at this point: 43%

Carter at this point: 31%


Asked of adults nationwide: "Do you think the country will be better off or worse off four years from now?"

Better off 54%

Worse off 41%

Same 3%


Asked of adults nationwide: "Which is closer to your view -- Americans are united and in agreement about the most important values or Americans are greatly divided when it comes to the most important values?"

Divided 69%

United 29%


Asked of adults nationwide: "As you may know, Congress can reduce the federal budget deficit by cutting spending, raising taxes, or a combination of the two. Ideally, how would you prefer to see Congress attempt to reduce the federal budget deficit--?"

Only with spending cuts 10%

Mostly with spending cuts 30%

Equally with spending cuts/Tax increases 45% Mostly with tax increases 8% Only with tax increases 3%


(Among adults nationwide)

"How well do you feel you understand what would happen if these automatic spending cuts and tax increases were to go into effect in January?"

Very well 26%

Fairly well 32%

Not too well 23%

Not at all well 17%

"Do you think President Obama and Republicans in Congress will reach an agreement to prevent automatic spending cuts and tax increases from going into effect before January 1st, or not?"

No 51%

Yes 38%

"If an agreement is not reached, who do you think would be more to blame--?

Republicans in Congress 53%

President Obama 29%



Presidential job rating average based on the two most recently reported nationwide polls.

Historic comparisons based on nearest chronological data points from Gallup surveys.

* USA Today/Gallup, Nov. 9-12

** Washington Post/Pew, Nov. 8-11


Clarus Research Group is a nonpartisan polling firm based in Washington, D.C., specializing in survey research for businesses, associations, nonprofits and media organizations. For more information, contact Dr. Faucheux at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to our website at

Clarus Research Group cannot attest to the reliability or methodology of surveys that it does not conduct.

Copyright 2012 © Ronald A. Faucheux 




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