Republicans face greater public post-election pressure to compromise with President Barack Obama, but Americans would blame both parties if Washington fails to reach a "fiscal cliff" compromise, according to CNBC's All-America Economic Survey. (Read More: Why Many Americans Aren't Spending More This Holiday.)
Some 20 percent of Americans said the main message of the election was that Republicans should compromise more with President Obama, compared to 9 percent who said voters were telling Obama to compromise more with Republicans. A plurality, 44 percent, said both sides should compromise.
Yet Americans split evenly on whether Republicans in Congress or Obama and Democrats in Congress will be more to blame if gridlock in Washington causes scheduled tax increases and across the board spending cuts to take effect. Some 21 percent would blame Obama and Democrats, 23 percent would blame Republicans, and 52 percent would blame both sides equally, according to the survey. (Read More: How the Obama and Republican 'Fiscal Cliff' Plans Differ.)