November 11th, 2010
02:36 PM ET
4 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. MAhole

    All I can say is good luck. I'm not going to hold my breath – it only makes me turn blue.
    From what I have seen so far, it's going to be 2 more years of NO – as long as president Obama is in office. Mitch McConnell said 2 days after the election that his #1 goal is to make sure that president Obama is a one-term president. Thinly disguised racism at it's best – party before country is more like it. The American voting public has now got what they asked for. I sure hope they are happy about it...........
    The republicans would rather see America end up in a full-blown depression with everyone out of work and only themselves and their rich buddies with any $$$ than work together with president Obama.

    November 11, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    What are you talking about? They're already working together. Escalating the wars, drill baby drill, healthcare and financial "reform" that contain no reform at all, Guantanamo's still open, patriot act still in full force, proposals to gut the social safety net while giving YET MORE tax cuts to the already rich (???!!!), corporate profits are at record levels as is poverty. Tell me again how Obama's a socialist. Americans are so ignorant. Say bye bye to the middle class and any hope of enjoying your retirement. Obama is a corporate stooge. Have a nice day!

    November 11, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. angry liberal

    Obama and the Repubs need to change their ways. The public sees them all for what they are: The Status Quo.
    Best scenario – Obama keeps his promises and Repubs stop saying NO.
    Worst scenario – The party of NO meets the presidential veto of NO.

    November 11, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. Mace

    That is what Obama was elected to do but he has refused to do so his first two years in office. He met with the GOP minority leaders not more than one time each in the last two years and this is not what we were sold. Now that his hand has been forced the community organizer will work with others. Its sad but he will not ever be a Clinton or Reagan who worked with other party members to accomplish our county's business.

    November 11, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. GOP Taliban Victim

    Why bother the GOP has zero to offer with the same useless propaganda. The Republican Party is all about ideology purity and nothing about offering real solutions to any of our problems. How are you going to pay for $700 for a 3% tax giveaway for the wealthy? Where are the jobs Boener after you let corporate America ship millions of our jobs to Commie China and sweatshops in 3rd world nations?

    November 11, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. once upon a horse

    HORSE HOCKEY!! Since when did the GOP work with Obama from the time he was elected and "Boss" Limbaugh entered the edict that he wants him to fail? If the public wanted the country to continue to move forward, they would NOT have put the same folks that helped run the country into the ditch we're in right back in control of the house. The GOP has made it clear that their main goal is to make sure Obama is a one-term president which means they have little plans to work with him or the Democrats. But at least when this thing blows up, President Obama can say those 4 magic words "I TOLD YOU SO!"

    November 11, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. David Blackburn

    They will work together. The Republcians will tell Obama what they want, and he will cave. He's been a disappointment to the Democratic Party, so far!

    November 11, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. CW in St. Paul

    We also want unicorns that fart glitter, but that ain't happening either.

    November 11, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. annie s

    I hope they remembered to tell the GOP – the party of NO has turned down every single chance to work with the President up to no; I have no reason to believe they are ready to do so now. Remember – their 1st priority is to make sure he isn't reelected.

    November 11, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. Henry Miller

    "Compromise," in Obama's lexicon, translates as "shut up and do it my way." Further, he's such a die-hard socialist that I can't imagine him compromising on his efforts to bankrupt the economy.

    November 11, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. Duck Fallas

    Those 72% obviously don't understand the will of the people.

    November 11, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Me

    Ha! Your polls mean nothing!
    I want Obama to work with the GOP the way the GOP worked with Obama the last two years.
    No compromise,NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER
    I want Obama to make Republicans lives HELL
    I want Obama to wage a relentless campaign of Fear Hate and negativity upon the GOP
    I want Obama to give the GOP their Waterloo
    I HOPE EVERYTHING THE GOP TRIES TO DO FAILS! (like all of their policy ideas for the past 8 years)
    I want Obama to make the defeat and destruction of the Republican party his TOP PRIORITY

    The GOP will not work with Obama. They want to impeach Obama! They are looking for a reason now. If they can't find a reason, THEY WILL MAKE ONE UP!
    The GOP are not here to work for the American people, THEY ARE HERE TO WIN...AT ANY COST
    OBAMA needs to wake up and realize HE IS AT WAR and the Republicans are the enemy.

    November 11, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. WTF?

    Why go to DC if you don't compromise? President Obama is the president for all Americans. He must compromise to look for solutions. The GOPTEA Party are HYpoCrits. We are asking Iraq to compromise for a new govt. We are asking Afgans to compromise to work together. We are asking for a settlement to the Middle East. But, when it comes to us, no deals. So, this is the lesson the GOPTea Party wants to teach others countries how to act. The GOPTEA Party is asking other to do what they won't, just reckless!

    November 11, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. freda

    Working together may be difficult for Boehner since he is presenting himself as the President of the United States. It's time for the real President (Barak Obama) to forget trying as he has for the past two years to work with the GOP in a civilized fashion. It's also time for President Obama to show them he will get as tough as he needs to be – no more nice attempts to be practical with the Party of No. They have definitely demonstrated what they are capable of doing so it's time for President Obama to do the same by showing them he's not going along with their nonsense. I want him to kick them to the curb and keep moving foward.

    November 11, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. educated american (legal)

    The current state of our country, is the result of 100 years of compromising the CONSTITUTION.

    I only want to restore my Consitution. I will never compromise my freedoms, I will always take responsibility for them.

    November 11, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. Expat American

    Never Going To Happen......save your breath.

    The GOP never had any intention to work with the President since his inauguration. Surely that is not going to change now. The GOP is concerned about being in power – and actually governing a distant second. When not in power, obstructionism is all that matters. When will the lower class whites who blindly support the GOP ticket year in year out realize that their Grand Old Party doesn’t care about them if you aren’t rich…?

    November 11, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. blf83

    Absolutely! If turtle king McConnell want to spend the next two years "guaranteeing that Obama doesn't get re-elected, he os not paying any attention to this country or its people.

    November 11, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    they can compromise all they want ON SPENDING CUTS AND DEFICIT REDUCTION. There can be NO MORE SPENDING OR NEW PROGRAMS. The financial day of reckoning is upon us. Time to pay up for the decades of leftist entitlement programs funded by fewer than half the people in this country. The gravy train justs can't keep getting bigger while the number of horses pulling it keeps shrinking!

    November 11, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. Peter s

    Please, "educated american (legal)"
    "The current state of our country, is the result of 100 years of compromising the CONSTITUTION.I only want to restore my Consitution. I will never compromise my freedoms, I will always take responsibility for them." Georger W. Bush compromised the freedom you are yelping about long time ago and turned this great Nation to a fascism cum gestapo puppy dog Nation!

    November 11, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. TOTAL FACTS

    Obama does not want to nor does he intend to work with the GOP> They will not go along with his plan of total destruction of the Constitution and his change to America making it a Islam State.

    November 11, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. ronalde

    no they don't.

    November 11, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. vic nashville tn

    Americans want Obama and GOP to work together but not with Tea Party

    November 11, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    A degree in law is a vocational degree just like an MBA and hardly provides a well-rounded education which gives you perspective and the ability to think for yourself. That's part of the problem with our education system: cranking out specialized consumer drones. Have a nice day!

    November 11, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. diridi

    if you have guts tell to GOP thugs...o.k...they are for rich and blue cross and blue shiel....cheats..

    November 11, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  25. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Sniffit, I'm merely pointing out that the dems and repubs were bought out long ago and merely exist to give us the illusion that we have a choice between two competing philosophies of governance, when, in fact, we do not. Both parties exist to make the rich richer at everybody else's expense. What happened to that public option I kept hearing about? Oh, that's right, it was taken off the table before negotiation even started. One of many examples of Obama selling out to the keepers of the status quo. And what is now called "the left" used to be called the center just a few decades ago. Have a nice day!

    November 11, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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