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Pew Survey Gives Obama Win in 'Fiscal Cliff' Negotiations

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Who won the great "fiscal cliff" compromise battle?

By an overwhelming majority, 57 percent of respondents in a new Pew Research survey say the victor was President Obama, with 48 percent giving him high marks in his handling of the negotiations to fend off another recession.

The Pew survey, released on Monday, finds that only 20 percent of Americans say that Republicans came out on top and just 19 percent approved of the way they handled the tough fight with the White House in extending Bush-era tax breaks for most who pay federal income tax.

That being said, most respondents think the fiscal cliff legislation is more of a bust than a boon to their personal finances.  Fifty-two percent contend that they will be hurt by the outcome of the negotiations, while 30 percent say the deal will be a help to their bottom line.

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