(NBC) - As he prepared Friday to meet again with House Speaker John Boehner to discuss a deal on averting the fiscal cliff, there was no sign of urgency from President Obama.
"Still a work in progress," Mr. Obama said when questioned by reporters.
Boehner has charged that the president is still not serious about spending cuts.
Democrats have rejected one spending cut plan put forward by Republicans: raising the Medicare eligibility age.
The nation is taking President Obama's side in the fight.
76% of respondents in the latest NBC News poll said they'd be willing to accept higher tax rates on the wealthy.
61% of Republicans agreed, even though Boehner still refuses to consider tax adjustments.
The poll also found that if there's no deal, more Americans would blame the Republicans.
Speaker Boehner sent House members home until next week.
He's refusing to allow a vote to keep middle class taxes from going up January 1st, but he says a deal is within reach.
"If the President will step up and show us he's willing to make the spending cuts that are needed, I think we can do some real good in the days ahead," Boehner said.
Democrats say the president has already done that.