(Chicago) – Poll: Compromise in Washington is prized by a majority of Americans, including 39% of those who claim affiliation with the Tea Party, a new poll says.
By 53% to 25%, Americans say leaders should compromise rather than stick to principles, according to a new Gallup poll.
“At a time when disagreements and inability to reach consensus in Congress pose the threat of a federal government shutdown, Americans express an increasingly strong preference for their political leaders in Washington to compromise, rather than stick to their principles at the cost of getting nothing done,” says the Gallup survey.
The poll found that 38% of Republicans, 55% of Independents, and 61% of Democrats want elected officials in the U.S. capitol to compromise.
Gallup’s poll is based on telephone interviews conducted Sept. 5-8, 2013, with a random sample of 1,510 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.