Congress likely to be blamed for fall off fiscal cliff.

The latest Pew Research/Washington Post poll shows that the public is still pessimistic over prospects for a deficit agreement between the White House and Congress. However, more will be blame Congress for the failure if it happens.

Four-in-ten (40 percent) expect that the president and congressional Republicans will reach a deal by Jan. 1 to prevent automatic tax increases and spending cuts from taking effect; 49% say they will not. If no deal is reached, far more say congressional Republicans would be more to blame (53 percent) than President Obama (27 percent).

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