November 11th, 2010
02:36 PM ET
3 years ago

Polls: Americans want Obama and GOP to work together

Washington (CNN) - Two new polls indicate that most Americans want President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans to compromise in order to get things done for the country.

According to a CBS News survey released Thursday, 72 percent of Americans say congressional Republicans should make tradeoffs in order to get things done, with just over one in five saying Republicans should stick to their positions. Thanks to the results of the midterm elections, the GOP will control the House of Representatives and will have a much larger minority in the Senate in the new Congress next year.

Democrats questioned in the poll, which was conducted after the election, overwhelmingly say Republicans should compromise. But even six out of ten Republicans and 55 percent of self-described Tea Party activists agree that the GOP should be willing to deal with Democrats in order to get things done.

The survey indicates that nearly eight in ten Americans say that the president should compromise with the GOP, with 16 percent saying they want Obama to stick to his positions. Seven out of ten Democrats and nearly nine out of ten Republicans say the president should compromise with the GOP to get things done.

A Pew poll also released Thursday indicates that 55 percent of the public wants Republican leaders in Congress to work with Obama, with just over six in ten saying they want the president to cooperate with GOP leaders. But Democrats are split, with 43 percent saying Obama should stand up to Republican leaders and 46 percent saying the president should cooperate with congressional Republicans.

According to the poll, Republicans are less interested in compromise, with two-thirds saying GOP leaders should stand up to the president and less than three in ten saying they should compromise with Obama.

A third new poll indicates that most Americans are not optimistic that Obama and Republicans in Congress compromise.

Fifty-eight percent of people questioned in an Associated Press-GfK survey released Wednesday say they are not confident that the president and congressional Republicans can work together to solve the nations problems, with just over four in ten saying they are confident.

The AP-GfK poll was conducted November 3-8, with 1,000 people questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.

The CBS News poll was conducted November 7-10, with 1,137 nationwide adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

The Pew Poll was conducted November 4-7, with 1,255 adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. vi

    Everything is always so complicated and over exaggerated, when it doesn't need to be. People today are so stubborn in their beliefs, that they only hear what a person is saying, but they never really listen. The political system today is breaking this country up to pieces, and most of the puzzle pieces are lost. We're all losing in this. How can you be sure that the next generation will able to create a new puzzle?

    November 11, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. Read

    Read the poll. It says the majority want Obama to compromise, not the other way around. If he does not hear the people this time, they may send him a personal message in 2012.

    November 11, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. Read

    BTW, Wolf got this backwards on the air too.

    November 11, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. Chuck Anaheim,Ca

    That's what they were put in office to do to begin with! Makes no sense to have a two party system if there is no comprimise. They both( Dems and republicants) only want Soviet style one party rule systems.

    November 11, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    "Two new polls indicate that most Americans want President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans to compromise in order to get things done for the country."

    The GOP needs to STOP making this all about THEM – First they argued that the TAX CUTS should extend for two years!!! Now that President Obama is stating that he is willing to extend the TAX CUTS for all – they are preaching (Boehner, O'Connell) they want the TAX CUTS to be PERMANENT!!!!!!!!!!! What's up with that???? RepubliCAN’Ts speak with FORKED TONGUE!!!!

    Please – if the TAX CUTS are extended – they cannot be PERMANENT!!! Who's paying for it???? What happened to FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY the RepubliCAN'Ts were YELLING the entire campaign????

    I will have my brain in full attendance as this goes on!!!! Dang, this is getting STICKY!!!

    T'sah is OUT of Campaign MODE and N2 Moving America Forward with our LEADER – President Obama!!! (Watch those REPUBLICAN'Ts President Obama!!!)

    November 11, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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