Politics

Poll: Majority Of GOP Voters Value Principles Over Compromise In Congress

| by Robert Fowler
Republican Rep. Paul Ryan Of WisconsinRepublican Rep. Paul Ryan Of Wisconsin

A new Associated Press-GfK Poll shows that, going forward, Republican voters want their congressional leaders to stick to conservative principles while Democrats favor compromise.

The survey results were released on Oct. 21, arriving shortly before Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is expected to become House Speaker on Oct. 29, CNN reports.

The majority of Republicans want their new speaker to stick to conservative principles before compromising with the Obama administration, according to the poll. Sixty-two percent of respondents who identify as Republican want a speaker who will not compromise on policy even if it leads to a government shutdown, compared to 37 percent who want a speaker who will compromise, the Associated Press reports.

Meanwhile, 76 percent of respondents who identify as Democrat prefer their members of Congress to come to the table with Republicans to get laws passed, even if it means compromise, the poll shows. Only 23 percent of Democrats want their representatives to choose principles over compromise.

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Voters in both parties, however, do not feel that their congressional leaders represent their views particularly well. Only 22 percent of Republicans strongly believe that they are well represented while 37 percent of Democrats feel the same. Six out of 10 Independent voters believe that they are not represented well by Congress.

Republican voters’ appetite for an uncompromising House Speaker puts pressure on Ryan. The U.S. will have its first default if the debt ceiling is not raised before Nov. 3, and Ryan may inherit the pressing issue when he assumes leadership of the House. Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner is trying to get the ceiling raised before he leaves, but the process has been slow, CNN reports.

“Paul has monumental obstacles,” Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona told CNN.

The AP-GfK News poll was conducted between Oct. 15-19 via telephone. A total of 1,027 adults were surveyed, and the poll has a sampling error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

Sources: AP via ABC NewsCNN / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Tony Alter/Flickr