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Americans increasingly back compromise on fiscal cliff

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The latest Gallup polling shows more Americans are ready to shunt principles aside and accept a compromise deal to head off the “fiscal cliff” of tax increases and automatic spending cuts looming at the beginning of January.

Gallup found 70 percent of Americans say they want to see leaders compromise — up from 62 percent just a week earlier — while just 18 percent say leaders should stick to their principles.

That kind of support for accommodation could pave the way for lawmakers on Capitol Hill to get a deal done.

Voters on all sides have softened their insistence on principles, but it’s worth noting that a quarter of Republicans still say leaders should stick to principles rather than cave for the sake of a deal — about 50 percent higher than Democrats or independents.

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