Poll: Americans want compromise to avert government shutdown
April 7th, 2011
11:38 AM ET
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Poll: Americans want compromise to avert government shutdown

Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans want congressional lawmakers to seek compromise to avoid a government showdown, according to two new national polls.

But the surveys both indicated that there's a partisan divide, with Democrats and independent voters urging compromise while many Republicans are telling their lawmakers to stick to their guns, even if it leads to a shutdown of some government services and offices.

Fifty-eight percent of people questioned in a Gallup poll released Wednesday said they want the members of Congress who represent them to agree to a compromise budget plan, even if that means a budget they disagree with is passed, with one in three saying that their lawmakers should hold out for the plan they support, even if it leads to a government shutdown.

Recent surveys by the Pew Research Center, the Washington Post, CNN/Opinion Research Corporation and CBS had similar findings.

But most those polls, as well as the two new surveys, indicated a partisan divide.

By a 68 to 27 percent margin, Democrats questioned in the Gallup survey urged compromise, with independents saying the same thing by a two to one margin. But by a narrower 51 to 44 percent margin, Republicans questioned said lawmakers should stick to their guns even if it leads to a shutdown.

The other poll released Wednesday, by NBC/Wall Street Journal, indicated that 68 percent of Democrats said they want Democratic leaders in Congress to make compromises in the current budget battle, with 56 percent of Republicans, and 68 percent of self described Tea Party supporters, wanting GOP lawmakers to stick to their positions, even if it leads to a shutdown.

Current funding for the government runs out Friday. If there is no budget agreement between congressional lawmakers by then, there could be a shutdown of some government offices, programs, and services.

The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll was conducted March 31-April 4, with 1,000 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

The Gallup poll was conducted April 5, with 1,014 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

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soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. William


    Let's get ride of these OLD-SELF CENTERED WORTHLESS congressmen! Next election DO NOT vote for anyone
    in office!!!

    April 7, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. omar sabat

    is there any one can tell me why gov,shutdown is any different then privit cut back in labor we all out of job.Living pay check by pay check every one is in same boat.is all the same this time is not regular joe it is GOVERMENT.!

    April 7, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Carolina

    The Republicans are selfish and immature. Closing all these places will just be burning cash on their own piles of their golden piles of poo. All Repooplicans care about is themselves and their money. Everyone else can burn up in a fire and die because they won't pay firefighters. What is their problem?? Did someone steal their binky and blanky?!?

    April 7, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. omar sabat

    you may not agree with me but there are many that think the same way.

    April 7, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. Larry Fitzgerald

    Our members of Congress should NOT receive their pay as long as they cannot come to a budget agreement. Perhaps this may be enough incentive for them to do the job that they were elected to do. In addition, Congress should play by the same rules that are applied to us including paying into Social Security.

    April 7, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. Joy Fugate

    If members of Congress think the American people are going to watch them collect their paychecks while our military troops can't, they've got another thing coming. Go ahead politicians, WISCONSON-IZE the whole country...I dare you!

    April 7, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. Rachel P

    Why am I not hearing the SHOUT "heard round the world" from Tea Partiers, Republicans and Democrats alike that CONGRESS should be furloughed. They are Non Essential! Perhaps if they didn't make enormous base salaries that puts them out of touch with regular American people, they would be able to solve this. They should fix the man in the mirror FIRST!

    April 7, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. JJinCO

    68% of Democrats want compromise to keep government from shutting down? Since most Democrats are government employees or rely on some form of government largess, this is no surprise.

    Forget about the partisan divide. How about registered voters who pay federal income taxes and are not government employees or contractors vs everyone else.

    April 7, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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