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• 53 percent overall oppose raising the age of eligibility for Medicare from 65 to 67 as part of the deficit-cutting deal.

• 50 percent would prefer Mr. Obama and Congress reach a long-term deal before the end of the year.

• 36 percent would prefer a short-term deal; 10 percent say the two sides should “do nothing.”

Source: A Hill poll of 1,000 likely U.S. voters conducted Thursday.

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