In the sharply contested fight over how to avoid the automatic tax increases and spending cuts that became known as the fiscal cliff, President Obama emerged as the "clear political winner," according to a new study by the Pew Research Center for People and the Press.

But the legislation that passed, entailing continued tax relief for most Americans and little in the way of spending cuts, received a cool reception with the public, with more respondents in Pew's survey saying the bill would be harmful to people like themselves, the deficit and the economy than those who said they thought it would help.

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