Washington (CNN) – One day before a White House meeting between President Barack Obama and top congressional leaders from both political parties, a new poll suggests most Americans want Democrats and Republicans to compromise.
But a McClatchy-Marist survey, released Monday, also indicates that most of the public doesn't think such compromise is likely.
According to the poll, 72 percent of registered voters say congressional Republicans should work with their Democratic counterparts and the president to get things done, with one in four saying that Republicans should stand firm on their positions even if things don't get done.
The survey indicates a partisan divide on the issue, with 94 percent of Democrats saying the GOP should cooperate with Obama and congressional Democrats, with more seven in ten independent voters agreeing. But Republicans appear divided, with 49 percent saying the two sides should try to reach common ground and 47 percent saying that GOP leaders should stick to their beliefs even if it causes political gridlock.
Fifty-one percent of self-described Tea Party movement supporters say they want Republicans stand firm while 45 percent say the GOP should try and seek compromise.
So what do Americans think will happen?
According to the poll, just 28 percent think congressional Republicans will negotiate with the president and congressional Democrats, with 64 percent saying the GOP will stand firm instead of seeking compromise.
Two new polls conducted earlier this month, by CBS News and by Pew, also indicated that most Americans wanted President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans to compromise in order to get things done for the country.
A majority of people questioned in an Associated Press-GfK survey released earlier in November said they were not confident that the president and congressional Republicans could work together to solve the nations problems. And three out of four voters questioned in a Quinnipiac University national poll released two weeks ago said they didn't think the White House meeting between congressional leaders and President Barack Obama, which was pushed back from earlier this month, would be likely to produce meaningful results.
The McClatchy-Marist poll was conducted nationwide on November 23, with 810 registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
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