Americans are tired of political gridlock and partisan fighting, a March 9 poll suggests. By a margin of 3 to 1, those surveyed want President Donald Trump to reach bipartisan compromise in passing bills through Congress.
The national poll, conducted by CNN/ORC, asked citizens, "In general, would you rather see Donald Trump attempt to reach a bipartisan compromise on bills that he tries to get through Congress, or would you rather see him try to pass laws that he thinks are right for the country even if they aren't supported by Democrats?"
Of respondents, 72 percent said they would like to see bipartisan compromise. By comparison, when Americans were asked the question in February 2009, a month into the Obama administration, 55 percent said they would like to see bipartisan compromise.
The poll also found 69 percent want Democrats in Congress to try to find areas of compromise with the president.
According to Politico, two issues offer the possibility of bipartisan support in Congress: a national infrastructure overhaul, and prescription drug reform.
“The politics of this ultimately would be good for everybody,” Rep. Peter Welch, a Democrat from Vermont, said of Trump's prescription drug proposal.
In December, Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Democratic vice presidential candidate in the 2000 election, looked upon the Trump administration with hope of bipartisanship.
“The election of Donald Trump is a disruptive event for a political system that needed to be disrupted. It opens the door to enormous change,” Lieberman said, notes The Hill. “He needs a group in Congress from both parties to come together to work for them to take them forward.”
Beyond bipartisanship, the CNN/ORC poll also asked who is most likely to discuss politics.
"Republicans, for one," the poll's results found. "About two-thirds (65%) say they discuss it with friends or family very often, as do 55% of Democrats and 53% of independents. Suburbanites (66%) and urbanites (55%) are more likely to be having frequent political discussions than are their rural counterparts (45%). And those under age 35 are far less likely to be frequently talking politics than are their elders (46% vs. 61% among those age 35 or older)."
"The time for small thinking is over," Trump said in his first speech to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, reports NPR. "The time for trivial fights is behind us. We just need the courage to share the dreams that fill our hearts."