Pollsters took a short break after the election, but they’re back in business now, asking Americans about important issues rather than a political horse race.
Fiscal cliff— The Washington Post-Pew Research Center Poll reports that 51% of Americans see us plummeting over it. And we don’t like it. “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.”
Affordable Health Care — The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that more Americans think Obamacare is here to stay. The polling indicated that support for the repeal of the Act is dropping. “It is worth noting that this isn’t exactly Americans gravitating toward the health-care law: Support for expanding the law or keeping it as is held steady at 49 percent. Those who no longer support repeal seem to have drifted into the “don’t know” category, about what should happen next.”
Immigration — An ABC News/Washington Post poll reports that 57% of respondents would support a plan to give illegal immigrants the right to live here legally if they pay a fine and “meet other requirements.” “The findings of the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll come as immigration has become a top priority for the next Congress. Whether that legislation grants many of the nation’s 12 million undocumented immigrants an earned path to legal status — citizenship, permanent residence, or something else — will be at the forefront of the debate.”
— John Robinson