FISCAL CLIFF

Fiscal Cliff: Washington Post poll asks who would be blamed more

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A Washington Post poll asks if a fiscal cliff agreement isn’t reached, who is more to blame: The Republicans in Congress or president Obama.

The poll finds that 53 percent of respondents would blame Republicans while 27 percent will blame Obama. Twelve percent would blame both equally.

House Republicans this week proposed a new 10-year, $2.2 trillion blueprint to President Barack Obama that calls for raising the eligibility age for Medicare and lowering cost-of-living hikes for Social Security benefits, a counteroffer to jump-start stalled talks with the "fiscal cliff" just weeks away.

The proposal from House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other Republicans comes in response to Obama's plan last week to raise taxes by $1.6 trillion over the coming decade but largely exempt Medicare and Social Security from budget cuts.

The GOP plan also proposes to raise $800 billion in higher tax revenue over the decade but it would keep the Bush-era tax cuts - including those for wealthier earners targeted by Obama - in place for now.

The White House insists Obama won't sign any measure that fails to increase tax rates on upper-income earners.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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