Poll: GOP too inflexible; Democrats spend too much
April 1st, 2013
01:44 PM ET
1 year ago

Poll: GOP too inflexible; Democrats spend too much

Washington (CNN) - As the GOP undergoes internal reviews of what went wrong in last year's election and how to improve and expand their party, a new poll suggests a quarter of Republicans think their party is inflexible and unwilling to compromise.

The Gallup poll released Monday also indicates that one in ten Democrats think their party spends too much and increases the deficit.

The Gallup survey asked Americans to name, in their own words, one or two things they liked and disliked about the two major political parties.

Among Republicans, 26% said the thing they disliked the most about the GOP is its inflexibility and unwillingness to compromise, with 14% saying what they disliked the most was the party didn't stand up for its positions and gave in too easily.

Ten percent of Democrats said what they disliked the most was their party’s spending, which they said increases the deficit. That was the only answer among Democrats to register in double digits.

Nearly one in five Republicans said there was nothing they disliked about the GOP, compared to 37% of Democrats who had no criticism of their party.

As for what they liked the most about their party, one in five Republicans named better fiscal policies designed to reduce the federal debt. An equal amount named the party’s conservative views.

According to the survey, 22% of Democrats said caring about the middle and working class is what they like best about their party. All other answers were in single digits.

The Gallup poll was conducted March 20-21, with 1,020 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    On wars??? On Iraq?? On Pakistan???

    April 1, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    My problem with democrats is them caving in to the demands of the extreme right. The republicans plan is Grover Norquist' philosophy. Make your policies so far to the right, that if you do have to compromise with democrats, the issue will still be to the right rather than at the center. I don't mind spending as long as it's not stupid spending. I consider giving millionaires and billionaires tax breaks they don't need stupid spending.

    April 1, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Pete

    It's funny how the democrates spend too much..Bush putting two wars,Medicare Part D and tax cuts plus over 800,000 on unemployement on the countrys charge card and let me ask you republicans just how are you so called conservatives going to do to pay it off,take up a second job as clowns perhaps!!It's now over 2 trillion just for the Iraq war and rising with Afghanistan coming up fast to pass it and you ignorent warmongering idiots blame Pres.Obama for the likes of Ryan,Boehner and McConnell rubber stamping everything Bush puts before them,what ignorence and politically inept as well and you can't escape your debacles so take responsibility for it then and fix it because midterms are coming up fast aren't they!!

    April 1, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    what do % of citizens not defining an affiliation think?

    April 1, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    I have to give a salute of respect to how Republicans have so thoroughly convinced people that it is the Democrats who spend too much, whcih totally contradicts the facts. Ronald Reagan tripled the national debt and increased the annual budget deficit by a factor of ten during his two terms. George W. Bush increased spending by an average of 7-9% every that he was in office, nearly doubling the number of federal workers.

    April 1, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. just sayin

    The Gallup poll released Monday also indicates that one in ten Democrats think their party spends too much and increases the deficit.
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    only 1 in 10?! the federal government spends $3.5 trillion a year and has to borrow one trillion of it and only 1 in 10 thinks they spend too much. which means if given the chance they'd spend, tax and borrow 5, 6, 7, 8 trillion a year.

    a better poll question for democrats would be "do you think government owns all of working americans pay check?". i bet you'd get 30-40% saying they do.

    April 1, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. GonzoinHouston

    One of the most enduring, and altogether false, political labels in history has been "tax and spend liberal". For the last 50 years it has been the conservatives who have spent like crazy when they were in power, and the liberals who have come closest to balancing the budget. Yes, Obama has maintained the high level of spending established by W. Hello, this is what you do in a major recession! Fortunately, "the party of no" is a pretty good label too, and the demmies should be able to get some good mileage out of it in 2014.

    April 1, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. king

    I am shocked that 26 percent of the repubs observed the historical obstructionism by their party, since they never leave their fox bubble of talking points. this means even some of the repubs actually wants to move this country forward, "SHOCKING". Hey 10 percent of the dems say the dems are spending too much, well most of the money being spent are through the entitlements, and the president need a partner to fix it, since the repubs have denied him three grand bargains to fix the problem. these 10 percent might be drinking too much of the fox news cool aide. because spending to GDP is one of the lowest in history. the discretionary spending is probably the lowest in history, right now. look at our infrastructure how its falling down. while china is modernizing, now wonder the north Koreans are blowing so much smoke because they know china will never allow America to attack them so near to their borders. and since wall street is investing in china like rabbits, the Chinese are using that money and building up their armed forces.

    April 1, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. Larry L

    @Rudy NYC

    I have to give a salute of respect to how Republicans have so thoroughly convinced people that it is the Democrats who spend too much, whcih totally contradicts the facts. Ronald Reagan tripled the national debt and increased the annual budget deficit by a factor of ten during his two terms. George W. Bush increased spending by an average of 7-9% every that he was in office, nearly doubling the number of federal workers.
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    This paragraph should be required reading before every American gets to vote.

    April 1, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Donna

    But everything will be great if the federal government spends $8 trillion a year and taxes and borrows to do it. Seriosuly people, the Democrat plan is to tax, borrow and spend our way to prosperity. Look how well it has worked in Greece, Cyrus, Italy and Spain? I mean we too could experience 25% unemployment, be on the brink of bankruptcy and have our savings confiscated by the government. Wait a minute.... we are two thirds there already.

    April 1, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz

    Regardless of the hooplah that is reported, msm fails to report that the federal deficit has gone down under President Obama.

    April 1, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    GonzoinHouston

    "Yes, Obama has maintained the high level of spending established by W. Hello, this is what you do in a major recession!"
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    Technically, the recession ended 2 quarters into Obama's first term. Granted, the economy stinks, but if the questionable Keynesian ecomomic policies are "government as the spender of last resort", why is it still happening? Cue Sniffit quoting his Keynesian hero Krugman for some verbose but meaningless response...

    April 1, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair

    Dutch/Bad Newz

    Regardless of the hooplah that is reported, msm fails to report that the federal deficit has gone down under President Obama.
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    Obama baselined the $800 Billion ONE TIME TARP bailout (fully paid back, by the way) into ALL future spending. Why? You're comparing apples and monkey turds.

    April 1, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. Catmandew

    No mention of independants funny.? Personally I think both parties stink and are out to make the other look bad. They are in it for themselves and hang with the damage to our country! As long as it looks like their party won or had control that is all that counts to them! They are all guilty of wrecking our country.

    April 1, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. sonny chapman

    Attention America: Here's a dirty little secret. Govt. spending, at all levels, is one of the major driving forces of our Economy. Without it, especially in times of slow economic growth, it can keep the economy going until better times. Govt. Spending is even better for the Economy than TAX CUTS.

    April 1, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. Joi Gibson

    Democrats spend too much! That's rich. I guess the Republicans have succeeded in fooling folks into believing it is the Democrats who spend like drunken sailors, when lo and behold, it has actually been Republican administrations that have spent us into oblivion.

    April 1, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Just sayin' wrote:

    only 1 in 10?! the federal government spends $3.5 trillion a year and has to borrow one trillion of it and only 1 in 10 thinks they spend too much. which means if given the chance they'd spend, tax and borrow 5, 6, 7, 8 trillion a year.
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    Those are the facts. Seeing how we have to borrow $1 trillion per year, I would say that that is a big improvement from the last year of the Bush administration, $1.5 trillion per year and accellerating.

    Republicans are the masters of deficit spending. They call it "economic growth through tax reductions".

    April 1, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. much thunder..little rain

    we need a 3 rd party these two have sold themselves to special interests

    April 1, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    If Democrats spend too much, then why is it that Ryan Plan 3.0 includes half a trillion in new defense spending?

    April 1, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. nothing new here

    We need FISCAL conservatism, not social conservatism.
    Government should never be in the bedroom.

    April 1, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. James Bond

    I see you have had your daily dose of faux news donna, back uup your facts, the deficit and spending is down, just like your IQ, do you reall believe the chum you spew, if so, seek help soon, its funny how every talking point you make is a direct contradiction to the truth, which facts support, tell me again how irresponsible obama was on benghazi. and what about the wars donna, still no comment on that i see, delusional, and very much in denial, your same old tripe smells like chum, get a clue your a total fool

    April 1, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. James Bond

    So we should have continnued on the path george left us? is that right donna, your so stupid, it makes me feel bad for you

    April 1, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. sonny chapman

    But Rudy, Tax Cuts let Repubs. pound their chest & proclaim they're REAL Men.

    April 1, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. Catmandew

    We definitely need a third party a independant party for the people. I know that neither party has any ideals that are for the people always for themselves hang with their bosses which would be us the taxpayers!

    April 1, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. James Bond

    It kills me, guest's criticism of the obama admin is a joke. tell me how george had us on the right path, id love to hear this, explain how he had us going in the right direction, until obama took control, where did you see us heading?

    April 1, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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