Poll: Americans want Obama and GOP to work together
November 29th, 2010
03:57 PM ET
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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. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    Can they please work together to eliminate that $40-60 BILLION in waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare??!! When they get that accomplished then they can move on to something else! That should ensure nothing ever gets done in DC...

    November 29, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. hannah

    The Repubs just can't stand that Obama is our President. They have shown him no respect at all. Imagine if a Democratic member of Congress called FORMER President Bush a liar!!!!! The GOP is full of mean, spiteful, bigoted men and women. I didn't realize just how bad it was until recently. I say don't work with these haters work against them unless it's for the good of the country. They have vowed to work against you SO just do your best but ONLY FOR THE COUNTRY!

    November 29, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    > 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

    I SAY CUT IT ALL! Wrap THAT around your little bone and smoke it!

    November 29, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. ~~ JULY ~~ ( Palin is the new Paris Hilton )

    Really? America wants both partys to work together???? ... because that is NOT Boehner America! His America tells him to keep saying ' NO' to everything ....

    November 29, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. grif99999

    The Dems want the GOP to cooperate on their terms. They did not netotiate in good faith with the GOP the last 2 years. They started with a super majority and didnt need one GOP vote to pass any bill they wanted. They still could not get anything done until they made their back room deals. I for one am happy the GOP said no to the liberal policies they were trying to pass. If BO and the Dems want to find a common middle ground then maybe something will get done. If they dont move to the middle then I dont expect much.

    November 29, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. ~~ JULY ~~ ( Palin is the new Paris Hilton )

    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.


    Aaawwwww .. you just brought a tear to my eye ... there is still dreamers out there that McCain would have make everything work ... Awww that is soooo sweet and yet so STUPID!

    November 29, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Harvie

    To:Four and The Door

    With all due respect spending nothing for job creations is also not a wise solution. Our infrastructure is old and is in very bad shape. We need to keep it up to date and spending money on education and energy is also not a wasteful spending.
    Moreover on Health care law, nothing suggests that federal government is going to issue health insurance policies. It merely sets a minimal standard for health insurance policies sold by private companies. By the way you probably never noticed that health insurance premiums climbed by an average of 114 percent since 2000, workers’ contributions to those costs grew by 147 percent. The cost of health insurance — especially for families — has skyrocketed in recent years. It’s up about 150 percent since 1998. In the same period, inflation was 31 percent and average wages increased by 42 percent.
    The average cost of employer-provided health insurance rose just 3 percent this year (2010), according to the authoritative Kaiser Family Foundation’s employer health benefits survey. That’s the lowest rate of increase since the mid-1990s.
    So search the facts before you comment.

    November 29, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. CBR

    This survey along with countless other shows that Americans want the legislative and executive arms of t he government to work together in bipartisan fashion. During George W. Bush's presidency people stated over and over how we wanted people to work together. The gridlock that has occurred and will probably happen in 2001-2012. The Republicans and Democrats heard the message when Barack Obama won the election. Unfortunately, the Republicans became the party of NO. They could not and would not work together. Their main objective has been to defeat Barack Obama.

    We all want the government to go to work to help to resolve the problems facing the USA. The rhetoric during the election and since has been downright embarrassing. We are not civil to one another, we do not respect each other, and we will not compromise to make things happen. Just read the comments in newspapers and on web sites. We want to have instantaneous changes and legislation. We are becoming a very impatient society.

    November 29, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. gt

    if you want to enlist ... they are not gay... they are a homosextual....if you want to serve .. at least say what you are...homo's...

    November 29, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. George

    I hope you voters who cut off your noses to spite your face and voted these RepubliCONS back to finish you off get every
    bit of "tea" that's coming to you. Rich I presume? Or merely middle class haters of the President?And they've already started with the cutting of unemployment benefits. Some of us can't AFFORD bigotry. There's more "tea" to come I'm sure.

    November 29, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. resolaru

    Four and the Door,

    you obviously have no idea what you are talking about when it comes to economics. please leave the heavy lifting and thinking to those who do.

    signed John McCain and the Keating 5
    and Sarah, Alaska is one of the largest welfare states in the nation (#2), oil tax grizzly Palin

    November 29, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. Michael

    Nice thought, but it's been pretty clear what the GOP has in mind since they have said "NO" to anything everything and that Obama offers...even if it was a republican idea to start with. McConnell said after the election when asked what their top priority was that it was to make Obama a one term president...and that's a quote. Nothing about creating jobs (how many have THEY created in the past 2 years?) nothing about the economy...you know, the other thing that they keep screaming about and they have absolutely no intention of working with him or the rest of the left at all. They have always been willing to work with Obama as long as he does what they tell him to do and how to do it. These people lost the election to him and just took their ball and went home. Really pretty disgusting behavior...but in 6 months when people start yelling "Hey...Mr. Boehner, where are the JOBS!!!" Then we'll see what they are really made of.

    November 29, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. Sgt Joe

    Four & Door.... Fox "News" may be a more friendly environment for you; afterall it seems that's where you get all your talking points. Guess what, tax breaks for the wealthy 2% hasn't exactly created jobs either. I don't see Buffett or Gates, for example, balking at paying their fair share; they welcome it. Just curious, what are your answers for paying for the unfunded wars and tax breaks for the wealthy? Never any answers from the right; just a whole lot of complaining.

    November 29, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. Rickster

    Democrats time and time again prove that they are the dumbest creatures ever to have roamed the earth. Power in this country is supposed to derive from the people to the government not from the government to the people but democrats are so dumb they will never figure out what that means and, instead, they saddle us with politicians who don't listen to the people but do whatever they, in their socialist ways, think is best for the country such as health care and slush-fund stimulus spending. Take from the successful hard-working people in our society and give it to the lazy and unproductive. It's a recipe for disaster and democrats are all for it.

    November 29, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. kat

    I get so sick of hearing or reading how "The Rich"... should pay more, "The Rich" are evil... etc. Some of you are just plain stupid, all I can figure is those of you who keep spouting the BS must be the ones living off Taxpayer money and don't have the brains to figure out that if hard working people weren't paying taxes to support them, Wow, hard to think you MIGHT have to do that ugly four letter word... WORK... for a living.

    November 29, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. Marie MD

    No kiddngt. Really? The President has been reaching across the aisle since before taking office. Unfortunately the klan party (aka gopers) are more interested in seeing him fail than in working with him.
    WE THE PEOPLE voted for Obama. The rethugs, bigots and haters of the US still can't stand that an intelligent (more than any of them) charismatic, Harvard graduate (third grade level for most of them) is in the White House instead of a senile old man and the hillbilly trash from AK.

    November 29, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  17. John K.

    It doesn't seem like it when hater Mitch McConnell unashamedly declared his main propriority is making sure the President is
    not reelected. So how in the hell do they propose to fix the economy? The republicans have no business being voted back
    to the house. They are hell bent on the destruction of America. Two years is enough to bring voters back to their senses.
    If we have a country left by then.

    November 29, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. annie s

    As best as I can tell, we have accomplished a great deal of watered down legislation by trying to play nice with the GOP – who voted no on everything anyway because they'd rather work together to make this President fail than do anything constructive to help the American people. I want Obama and the Dems to stand firm against the Republican agenda and to continue to move our country forward, not back to failed Republican policies.

    November 29, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. Josh C.

    Four and the Door, may you and your family be the first ones in the soup line of the next great Depression.

    November 29, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. rob

    Why is the premis in this poll about weather people want the Republicans to work with the Dems on compromise or "Cooperate??? The last election was a landslide against the Dems and their policies!!!!!!!!

    For Dems and the Media, the term "Bi-partisan" only applies to Republicans doing what the Dems want. The Republicans do not need to comprise on things like the rolling back the Health Care Bill, reducing spending, keeping all the tax cuts etc. because that is what the American people voted for in big majorities just weeks ago!

    November 29, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  21. Elizabeth

    We won't have to tell ALL of the democrats to get out to vote next time in 2012. That's the only saving grace to the malevolence that the republicans are about to unleash on Americans.

    November 29, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. betterdays

    94% of Democrats think congressional Republicans should "work with" congressional Democrats? Of course they do! Ask them whether Democrats should "work with" the new Republican majority in the House and see if you still get 94% of Democrats saying "yes."

    I'd wager that House and Senate Republicans haven't suddenly forgotten the way a Democrat Congress has been throwing one big "we won and we'll do as we please" party over the past year and a half. And now the tables are turning. I wonder what will happen...

    November 29, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  23. Marcus

    Spend less, save more – Funny you... not. The examples of 'wasteful government programs and policies ' that you gave are just INVESTMENTS on the country's future. But you want them cut...
    Four and the Door – 'Getting things done' made Dow Jones recover from the level Obama received at the beginning of his term, turned a depression-to-happen into a recession (that, like this Black Friday proved, is gone), and many other things that you seem to have forgotten... I wonder why...

    November 29, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. Eddie

    1st Obama has to decide which side of the mouth he is actually going to act on. One side says bipartisan, the other says to the back of the bus. Stop the political crap be a leader and lets move forward. You talk the talk but don't walk the walk.

    November 29, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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