Now, what do you want the new Congress to do?
The political pendulum has swung to the right once again. Now, what do you want the new Congress to do? Americans’ answers, collected by pollsters, may surprise you. Brookings pulled together results from new polls to find out what Americans want Congress to do starting in January.
Questions Americans Were Asked—How Would You Respond?
Q1. Do you want the parties to stick to their principles even if it means gridlock and nothing gets done, or do you want the parties to work together even if it means compromising some principles? (Bloomberg poll)
Q2. What do you think Barack Obama should do—compromise some of his positions in order to get things done, or stick to his positions even if it means not getting as much done? (CBS/NYT poll)
Q3. What do you think the Republicans in Congress should do—compromise some of their positions in order to get things done, or stick to their positions even if it means not getting as much done? (CBS/NYT poll)
Here’s how American answered these survey questions:
A1. 80% said “work together even if it means compromising.” Only 16% said “stick to principles.”
A2. 69% said Obama should “compromise some of his positions” and 22% said “he should stick to his positions.”
A3. The Republicans in Congress should also compromise “in order to get things done,” say 78% of Americans. Only 15% say they should stick to their principles no matter what.
But, what do YOU think? What should Congress do?
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