Poll: Public approves of Obama’s handling of fiscal cliff

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U.S. President Barack Obama greets guests before delivering remarks about the fiscal cliff negotiations in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House December 31, 2012 in Washington, DC. Obama said he was hopeful that an agreement could be found to avert the fiscal cliff in Congress, which is closing in on a deal that would raise taxes on households that make more than $450,000 a year and individuals who make more than $400,000. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

U.S. President Barack Obama greets guests before delivering remarks about the fiscal cliff negotiations in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House December 31, 2012 in Washington, DC. Obama said he was hopeful that an agreement could be found to avert the fiscal cliff in Congress, which is closing in on a deal that would raise taxes on households that make more than $450,000 a year and individuals who make more than $400,000. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

While the resolution of the fiscal cliff fight has left Americans divided, President Barack Obama‘s approval far exceeds that of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), according to a Washington Post/ABC poll released Tuesday.

Forty-five percent of Americans backed the fiscal cliff deal reached by Obama and congressional Republicans, while 38 percent disapproved. Democrats were more than two times as likely as Republicans to approve the deal.

The president’s handling of negotiations was favored as 52 percent of Americans approved to 37 percent disapproval.

In contrast, Boehner saw 31 percent approval and 51 percent disapproval, a 20-point difference.

This latest ABC/Post poll surveyed 1,000 adults between January 2 and January 6 with a 4 percent margin of error.

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