Poll: Americans Trust Obama, Dems On Fiscal Cliff By Big Margins

Americans voters trust President Obama and Democrats to avoid the fiscal cliff by a wide margin of 53 percent to 36 percent, a Quinnipiac University poll out Thursday finds, providing further evidence that Democrats have the upper hand politically as debt-deal negotiations continue.

By even wider margins, voters support raising taxes on wealthy Americans, 65 percent to 31 percent. Respondents oppose cuts to Medicaid spending by a whopping 70 percent to 25 percent, and a small majority oppose raising the Medicare eligibility age, 51 percent to 44 percent. Sixty-six percent of voters agree with Democrats that a deal should include both tax increases and spending cuts. 

The poll also gave Obama his best approval rating in three years, 53 percent to 40 percent.  

Conducted Nov. 28 – Dec. 3, the poll surveyed 1,949 registered voters and has a margin of error of +/- 2.2 percentage points.