Washington (CNN) – A new national poll suggests Americans understand that the "fiscal cliff" is no joking matter.
Two-thirds of people questioned in a CNN/ORC International survey say that the U.S. would face a crisis or major problems if the country went off the "fiscal cliff" at the end of the year, and if that happened, Republicans in Congress would probably receive the greater share of the blame.
The poll also indicates that more than seven in ten Americans call for compromise on this issue, but they are pessimistic about that actually happening, with two-thirds predicting that Washington officials will act like "spoiled children," not "responsible adults," in the upcoming negotiations.
This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Paul Steinhauser explains what this new poll could mean for the fiscal cliff negotiations.
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