Poll: Americans want Obama and GOP to work together
November 29th, 2010
03:57 PM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Americans want Obama and GOP to work together

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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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Spend less, save more

    No kidding.

    Our representatives need to continue to REDUCE the amount of money that our government spends–most of it is on wasteful government programs and policies (ie. the department of Energy and Education). Obama is freezing federal employee salaries so that that democrats won't take as big a hit in 2012–good 'photo op', but not the solution.

    The truth is that our government is wasteful with other people's money. Those libs that keep stating 'the rich need to pay their share' are just spineless, covetous weasels. I could care less what the rich pay–it's their money. If Obama, Clinton, Gore, Edwards, Rangel, Boxer, Pelosi, Kerry, Biden, Frank and even Warren Buffet... are so concerned about 'social justice', then THEY NEED TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE and give away their fortunes. (I don't see that happening anytime soon).

    Until that happens, these hypocrites can stick a cork in it and allow AMERICAN CITIZENS to spend their money they way they want to.

    November 29, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. gt

    ya think .....i hope both sides will get there heads out and get this economy going and put america back to work...

    November 29, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. Clwyd

    Tell that to the Party of No. Kyl is already going to hold up the Start Treaty saying it needs to be discussed when it took only hours to pass unanimously with Start I. These republicans are destroying our country and the voters just sent us more of these morons! We are seeing the Dumbing Down of America!

    November 29, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. MF

    the day the republican work together with President Obama, the CROWS all over the world will turn WHITE. The republicans have said over and over again they want to bring down Obama and destroy him. They will never work with a Black President it is below their ego to take instructions from a Black Americans because they think the white americans are superior and only they can rule America. I will be watching my words.

    November 29, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. bj

    I would like for both parties to work together, but the GOP leadership has made it clear that they want to make sure Obama is removed from office by the end of his first term. The 800 pound gorilla is in the House and no one is really being honest about the situation. The Republicans do not want to work with a BLACK President. That is why they turned on Crist when it appeared he hugged Obama. They will not work with him and I am not expecting them to do so. It is unfortunate that this country has not moved much further than the attitdues of most Southerns and others during Slavery. Also, quite troubling is the faxt that only Chris Matthews and Keith Oberman and Rachel Maddow have boldly made these claims of bias and bigotry. Never in my lifetime I have I seen more disrespect levied at my Commander in Chief, than towards Obama. All I can say is that Obama needs to wise up. I understand his desire to see the good in all, but some folks are unredeemable by choice. As this continues to unfold some of us are watching. We are not asked to be in any of your polls – we are the one that understand fully what is happening and we continue to watch.

    November 29, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. LarryP

    Do some serious research – the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) prohibits homosexuals from serving in the military. The "Don't Ask Don't Tell' policy prevents the military from asking and the individuals from telling. Take that away and the witch hunt will begin (by law) to find and discharge homosexual individuals. The UCMJ needs to be changed BEFORE the policy is dropped.

    November 29, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. Rodney Lovett

    With regard to gays serving in the military, nobody asked me of my opinion. Actually, I would like to know what the experts think, the military experts as far as the effect on our military. Also, I would like to know what studies have been done to show the benefits or disadvantages. Finally, I would like to know what the man and woman in the field, in the military thinks. These are the men and women who would be most affected. I think these approachs to decision making is what we teach our children. Why should we as adults use anything different?

    November 29, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    I want them to compromise on spending cuts, government layoffs, reducing government entitlements, reducing government intrusion into our lives.

    I DON'T want them compromising to create more spending, more taxes, more government entitlements, more mandates that I buy something, etc.

    Somehow I don't see the entitlement addicted libtards comprising on this!

    November 29, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    As the Democcrats proved in the last 2 years, getting stuff "done" does not necessarily help the country. Massive government spending does not create private sector jobs. Extending unemployment in perpetuity only hurts the unemployment situation. Passing a poorly designed health insurance program does not lower health care costs.

    Yes, we do hope to see the Federal government get things done, but things for the nation and the people, not just for the politicians. That's why we sent a bunch of new people to Washington.

    November 29, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Adalbert

    Working together? It would be nice, but it will never happen.

    November 29, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. DWB

    @Spend Less Save More

    Please research your facts before you go on a name-calling rant. Warren Buffet, Bill Clinton, and many others have given away millions if not billions from their own fortunes.

    November 29, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. upyours

    Pretty hard to compromise with the whack job republithugs on the other side of the table.

    November 29, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. Son of CSM.Wiggins

    I don't Veto every thing that comes out the house I was a moderate until the tea tards came I'm pro gun I agree with some tax cut

    November 29, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    Obama and the GOP work together? With Fox News in the picture, it won't happen AND it's not a good idea. If the GOP were to work with Obama, then it might work.

    November 29, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Michael in Houston

    NOT ME!! I could careless about the dems working with republicans. In fact, I feel the repubs ahve gone out of their way over many years since Clinton, to establish a war bewteen them and everyone who does not agree with them and so I think the dems should reward that effort by giving them EXACTLY what they want....war.
    This is one democrat who wants this President to work in bold and clear opposition to the repubs and frankly I could careless if nothing is accomplished. I prefer to fight the repubs on EVERYTHING. I would offer them zero respect, afford them zero courtesy, and would lock them out of everything I possibly could. No transparency...no honesty....no negotiation. NOTHING!!!!

    November 29, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. Jay

    Maybe somebody should wake the Republicans up and tell them that.

    November 29, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Four and the Door...more ding-bat rhetoric with no basis in fact. More of the rightwing fairytale. This country has been helped a great deal over the last 2 years by our elected government, DESPITE the [R]s. Just imagine the depression we'd be in if McTard and his trailer queen had been elected in 2008, and as they advertised they let the banks go south, and let the car industry go south. We'd all be living a red-state appalachian unemployment dream now.

    The [R]s should work with my president. I voted him into office. Narrow, sectional neo-tards elected the congressional [R]s into office. Its time THEY worked with the People's president.

    November 29, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. king

    hey it doesnt matter what obama does to appease these die hard repugs, if he come over to their side all theyre going to do is switch position like they have been doing for past two years. there is no way to corral these hyprocrite switchers obama put a freeze on federal spending a topic the repugs have been blinding mad about, but they still complain what they want him to do fire the whole federal government, then theyll just find somthing else he should be doing with the government. just like the other day when the government was shredding alot of jobs, i would thought the repugs would be celebrating but to my surprize they were blaming obama for that, are you kidding me. john mccain and the rest of the the repugs have taught these people well how to be professional switchers and how not to satisfy no matter what. the dems dont want your votes repugs because theyre not going to get it. what the dems want is to get this country on the right path and you help to do so, but your mindless obstructionist tactics will only get us going backward while every body past us by.

    November 29, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. Sandra

    Spend More Save Less,
    Where were you from 2001 – 2009? Your hyprocisy really shows. That is why I have no patience with any of you idiots who just now since Obama was elected seemed to wake up and wonder why we were in such debt. We haven't spent less or wisely for years. Hyporcites such as you really get on my last nerve.

    November 29, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. resolaru

    "Somehow I don't see the entitlement addicted libtards comprising on this"

    i hope you also mean to cut spending on corporate welfare, farm subsidies, etc....

    somehow i don't see your little mind wrapping itself around all government spending

    November 29, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. T'sah from Virginia

    It all boils down to the RepubliCAN'Ts continuing to say NO and NOT Compromising!!

    The RepubliCAN’Ts CAMPAIGNED on it “SHOCK and AWE – Seek and Destroy Obama!!” Their goal is to make President Obama a "one-term" President and to REPEAL and REPLACE everything accomplished in the first two years. They feel that they will HURT the Tea-Partiers (themselves) if they go back on what they promised (to themselves) during the campaign. They REALLY and TRULY believe that the last election was ALL ABOUT THEM!!!!!!!!! They will have a RUDE AWAKENING!!!

    Please let’s continue to Move America Forward – with or without COMPROMISE – with our current leader, President Obama!!

    November 29, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. Raja

    The GOP doesn't want to. Period. Their arrogance will lead to yet another Newt Gingrich type fiasco where Party is above country at all costs. Hades awaits them.

    November 29, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. Four and The Door

    Dumbasrocks [R]s
    If John McCain and Sarah Palin had been elected in 2008, the economy would probably be about where it is now in recovery, but America would be about $5 trillion less in debt, the federal government would be a whole lot less expensive to run going forward and the American Auto Industry would be just fine.

    November 29, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Since when does Congress care about what " America" thinks? If they did- with alll there blow hard claims of caring, they would have not said not to everything for 2 years that was proposed in either body. They would have backed healthcare and not lied about it, Don't Ask Don't Tell would already be gone becuase these are issues that "America" voted President Obama into office to handle and brought total control to Democrats in the house and Senate. Of course when you are lied about and say nothing- you get what you deserve.

    November 29, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  25. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Don't you people get it, the GOP don't have to work with President Obama or work for you, they work for the rich and that requires passing one bill extending "the Bush tax cuts". When that's done they'll be working for themselves, getting elected with nothing to say but it's all Obama's fault and of course they know the misinformed as well as some others will vote for them.

    November 29, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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