Americans are acutely aware of the consequences of the government falling off the so-called "fiscal cliff," according to a poll from CNN and ORC International released Monday.
The poll shows that two-thirds of American adults believe the country would face a serious crisis if a deal isn't struck between both parties by the end of the year, which would automatically trigger a raft of spending cuts and tax increases. Moreover, 77 percent of Americans believe their own personal financial situation would be adversely affected if the government goes off the fiscal cliff.
The poll was conducted Nov. 16-18 using live phone interviews with 1,023 adult Americans. It has a margin of error of three percentage points.