Poll: majority of voters want compromise, not political ideology

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According to a new poll released on Tuesday, most voters want to vote for a candidate willing to compromise and not rooted in party ideology.

The hill reported on Tuesday that a new poll conducted by Morning Consult and commissioned by the Bipartisan Policy Center, found that 62% of voters would likely vote for a candidate willing to compromise, rather than being rooted in their political ideology.

According to the report, only 24% of respondents said they wanted their candidate to “stand firm” on their political party’s agenda.

The poll surveyed 2,005 registered voters online from Feb. 18-20 and has a margin of error of +/- 2 percentage points, according to The Hill article.

Democrats and independents polled in the survey said they were most likely to support candidates who would compromise, with 66% and 63% respectively, while 57% of Republicans said they wanted candidates who would hold firm along ideological lines.

The poll shows voters are frustrated with the hyperpartisan divide in the country and President Joe Biden’s failure to deliver on his “unifying” campaign promise.

“We can join forces, stop the screaming and lower the temperature,” NPR reported that Biden said during his inauguration on January 20, 2021. “For without unity there is no peace, only bitterness and fury. No progress, only exhausting indignation. No nation, only a state of chaos. This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge, and unity is the way forward.”

Yet most major bills debated during his first year in office, including his $2 trillion “Build Back Better” budget reconciliation bill, passed strictly along party lines. The exception was the $1 Trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed in 2021, .

According to The Hill’s report, 64% of voters think less than half of the laws passed by Congress are bipartisan, and 36% think less than a quarter are.

Most respondents, 52%, believe the political divide in the country has widened over the past two years, with only 17% saying it has narrowed.

Of those numbers, most Democrats and independents think so, along with 45% of Republicans, according to the report.

When it comes to the cause of the divide, political parties cannot agree on its root.

Democrats are more likely to blame voter suppression, the Electoral College and the use of filibusters in the Senate, while Republicans were more likely to blame voter fraud, according to the article.

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