We don't like the "cliff" legislation, but we give the credit for winning the stand-off to President Obama. Even Republicans give Obama the clear "win" -- though they don't like what he won.
The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Jan. 3-6 among 1,003 adults, finds that 57% say that Obama got more of what he wanted from the tax legislation while just 20% say Republican leaders got more of what they wanted. And while 48% approve of the way Obama handled the fiscal cliff negotiations only 19% approve of the way GOP leaders handled the negotiations.
Republicans take a particularly sour view of the outcome: just 16% approve of the final legislation, and by a 74% to 11% margin they think Obama got more of what he wanted. Only 40% of Republicans approve of how their party’s leaders handled the negotiations; by comparison, fully 81% of Democrats approve of how Obama handled the negotiations. ...Pew Research
So Republicans as a whole appear to be turning against their party leadership. No one particularly likes the legislation that finally passed, though Dems responded more positively.