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Polls Indicate Voters Want Obama And GOP To Compromise


With Republicans likely to at the very least narrow Democrats' majorities in Congress and possibly even take control of both houses in next week's midterm elections, many expect Washington D.C. to be in gridlock for the next two years of President Barack Obama's administration.

However, recent polls suggest that voters want Obama and members of Congress from both parties to compromise in order to address the issues that continue to impact the nation.

The results of a New York Times/CBS News poll released on Wednesday showed that 69 percent of adults want Obama to compromise some of his positions in order to get things done compared to 22 percent that want the president to stick to his positions even if it means not getting as much done.

Similarly, the poll said 78 percent of those surveyed want Republicans to compromise to get things done and 76 percent said they want the same from Democrats.

A separate Bloomberg National Poll found that 80 percent of likely voters want the two parties to work together even if it means compromising some principles. Just 16 percent said they want the parties to stick to their principles even if it means gridlock.

However, the New York Times/CBS News poll indicated that the public is not confident that Republicans will work with Obama and Democrats in Congress if the GOP wins back control of the House.

The results of the poll showed that 46 percent of those surveyed think that Republicans will work with Obama and the Democrats, while a nearly identical 45 percent said they think the GOP will not work with the president and the Democrats. Another 9 percent were undecided.

In a sign that the public's uncertainty about the GOP's willingness to reach across the aisle is appropriate, House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, declared in an interview on Wednesday that Republicans are not going to compromise.

"This is not a time for compromise, and I can tell you that we will not compromise on our principles," Boehner, who is in line to be Speaker of the House if Republicans take control, said in an appearance on Sean Hannity's radio program.

With regard to Obama's agenda, the House Republican leader said, "We're going to do everything — and I mean everything we can do — to kill it, stop it, slow it down, whatever we can."

However, as if often the case in politics, Boehner noted that the GOP would welcome Obama's involvement if he chooses to work with Republicans to achieve their party's goals.

While Boehner's apparent unwillingness to compromise seems to be at odds with the public's preferences, it remains to be seen how it will impact future elections.

Republican obstruction of most Democratic legislation in the past two years certainly does not seem to have negatively impacted their prospects for the upcoming midterms.

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