The likelihood of a Super Committee deficit-reduction deal by Nov. 23 depends on a slew of moving parts. But that hasn't prevented banks, politicians and reporters from venturing a guess at the odds of an 11th hour agreement. It's not a science but with America's credit rating potentially at stake, the impasse has had political risk consultants and market analysts scheming up probability outcomes. Below are the predictions we've seen so far with "failure" defined as a stalemate between Democrats and Republicans resulting in sequestration, "success" as an agreement on $1.2 trillion in savings, "going big" as a deal larger than $1.2 trillion and "partial deal" as something less than $1.2 trillion:
-Eurasia Group analysts: Failure: 15% Success: 85%
-JPMorgan Chase: Failure: 15% Success: 30% Going Big 5% Partial Deal 5%
-Democratic Senator Dick Drubin: Failure: 50% Success: 50%
-Democratic Congressman Jim Clyburn: Failure: 50% Success: 50%
-Erskine Bowles, former chief of staff of President Bill Clinton: Failure 50% Success 50%
-Mike Allen, chief political reporter for Politico: Failure 60% Success 40%
-Bo Cutter, senior fellow at the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute: Failure: 10% Going Big: 0% Dismantling trigger and kicking can down the road 90%
-The Washington Research Group: Failure: 75% Success: 25%
-Luke Russert, NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent: Failure: 99.8% Success: 0.2% Going Big 0.02%
What you see is a sort of sliding scale of pessimism, with institutionalized groups such as analysts from Eurasia Group and JPMorgan Chase more optimistic, politicians and staffers estimating 50-50 odds, and journalists and think-tankers projecting the most pessimism. So unless you're pining for a Super Committee impasse, better hope the journalists are wrong. We'll keep tracking predictions as they emerge.
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