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Rasmussen: 'Public Evenly Divided on Fiscal Cliff Deal'

Independent pollster Scott Rasmussen says voters are evenly divided in their views of the last-minute fiscal cliff deal reached by President Obama and Congress.

But he says very few expect government spending to go down as a result; and one out of two predicts taxes on the middle class will go up.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 46 percent of Likely U.S. Voters approve of the deal. Another 46 percent also disapprove. "But the nays feel more strongly: These findings include just 8 percent who Strongly Approve of the deal versus 25 percent who Strongly Disapprove." (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted Jan. 2 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of error is +/- 3 percent with a 95 percent level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research LLC. For the methodology, click here.

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