Fears mount over fiscal cliff

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A new Gallup poll finds Americans are rapidly becoming more pessimistic about reaching a deal to avert the fiscal cliff, with public opinion swinging 15 points in less than a week.

Just 50% of Americans now think it’s likely a deal will be struck, while 48% think it’s unlikely.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports President Obama will cut short his vacation and return from Hawaii on Wednesday in a last ditch effort to restart budget talks with House Republicans.

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