It occurred to me this morning, when I saw a graphic counting down the days to the fiscal cliff (21), that I much prefer the traditional advent countdown calendar.
Counting the days until Claus arrives is rather pedestrian in comparison to hurling into the abyss of uncertainty. So in keeping in the spirit of the cliff-hanger, I thought I’d share this from Clarus Research Group’s daily email distributing the latest numbers from a Gallup Dec. 8-9 poll:
Asked of adults nationwide:
“What would you like to see government leaders in Washington do in the fiscal cliff negotiations — stick to their principles and beliefs on tax increases and spending cuts, even if no agreement is reached by the Jan. 1 deadline, or compromise on their principles and beliefs on tax increases and spending cuts in order to reach an agreement by the Jan. 1 deadline?”
Stick to principles 18%
Compromise to reach agreement 70%
How many nationwide adults expect that will happen?
“Just your best guess, how likely is it that President Obama and the leaders in Congress will reach a solution that avoids the Fiscal Cliff measures before Jan. 1–?”
Very likely 18%
Somewhat likely 41%
Not too likely 21%
Not likely at all 17%
Let’s play along with the compromise theory. If one is reached, what would it include that you like and what would it have that you dislike, but could live with?