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• 59 percent say that “regardless of what happens in Washington,” their overall spending habits will not change much in the next year.

• 53 percent say that because of the “uncertainty with the federal government,” they will probably spend less on Christmas and holiday presents this year.

• 53 percent give President Obama a negative review of his job handling the economy.

• 50 percent say their household financial condition will likely stay the same in the next six months.

• 45 percent say that they will be less likely to make year-end charitable contribution because of the potential of another government shutdown in January.

• 44 percent say the U.S. economy will stay the same in the next year.

Source: A Harris Poll of 2,250 U.S. adults conducted Nov. 13-18 and released Tuesday.

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