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In 'fiscal cliff' fight, Obama gets better marks than Boehner

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“According to the survey, 53 percent say the GOP should compromise more, with 41 percent saying the Democratic Party should give up more of the proposals it supports to develop bipartisan solutions,” CNN reports

"That's due in part to the fact that the Republican brand is not doing all that well," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

This same survey shows just 34 percent feeling good about the job Boehner is doing – 18 points lower than Obama’s job approval rating.

"Small wonder that nearly half say they have more confidence in President Obama than in the congressional Republicans and that nearly half (48 percent) would blame the GOP if the fiscal cliff occurs," says Mr. Holland.

(Thirty-seven percent said they would blame the president more, with 11 percent saying they would blame both sides equally if they don’t find a way to avoid the fiscal cliff.)

Meanwhile, the Rasmussen polling organization reported Friday, “House Speaker John Boehner has now unseated his Democratic predecessor Nancy Pelosi as the least-liked major congressional leader, a title Pelosi has held for several years.”

Rasmussen’s new national telephone survey finds that 51 percent of likely voters now view Boehner unfavorably, while 50 percent feel that way about Pelosi. Just 31 percent have a favorable opinion of the Ohio congressman, compared to 37 percent who look favorably on the San Francisco Democrat, Rasmussen reports.

A question for the GOP is whether it’s the message or the main messenger – Boehner – that’s the problem.

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll indicates that it’s the message.

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