Updated February 28 at 10:26am

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this week's poll

What kind of deal should the president and Congress make on the national budget?

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Don't extend the debt ceiling and balance the budget now 18% | 23 votes
Balance the budget over a specific time frame only with spending cuts 19% | 25 votes
Balance the budget over a specific time frame with spending cuts and revenue increases 47% | 61 votes
Pass a jobs and stimulus program first, then tackle the deficit over time 13% | 17 votes
I don't know 2% | 3 votes

As Congress returns from the election recess, and with President Barack Obama re-elected, the major issue on the table is the federal budget deficit.

What course do you think should be taken to deal with the deficit and its effects on the U.S. economy?

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