Obama, Democrats on top again in latest poll on ‘fiscal cliff’ crisis

Another national poll is out Thursday that shows Democrats winning the battle of perception on the "fiscal cliff" crisis.

Fifty-three percent of registered voters told Quinnipiac University's Polling Institute that they believe the president and his party will make a "good-faith effort to cooperate with the Republicans" to avoid the fiscal cliff—the series of automatic spending cuts and tax increases set to go into effect Jan. 1. Thirty-eight percent of respondents disagreed with that statement.

Respondents by a wider margin—53 to 36 percent—said they trusted the president and Democrats more than Republicans to avoid the fiscal cliff.

The poll's margin of error was plus or minus 2.2 percentage points.

Quinnipiac's findings follow a survey released this week by The Washington Post and the Pew Research Center that found Americans were more likely to blame Republicans than Democrats if Congress failed to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff.