That’s the share of Americans who want lawmakers who share their views to compromise on a budget plan to avert a government shutdown, according to a Pew Research Center survey.
That compares with 33 percent of Americans who want similarly-minded lawmakers to “stand by their principles,” even if that leads to a shutdown, according to the survey conducted Sept. 19-22.
The pro-compromise position was backed by 76 percent to 18 percent among Democrats and by 52 percent to 36 percent among independents, while Republicans by 49 percent to 43 percent said allied lawmakers should stand by their principles.
Republicans aligned with the Tea Party backed the no-compromise position by 71 percent to 20 percent, while Republicans who don’t align with the Tea Party took the pro-compromise position by 54 percent to 38 percent.
There’s a “substantial divide in the Republican base over how far to go to achieve the goal of defunding the 2010 health care law,” the report said.
Congress needs to enact a budget agreement funding government services to avert a shutdown when the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1.
The Republican-led House on Sept. 20 passed a stopgap spending measure that would fund the government through Dec. 15 while withholding funding for President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul.
The Democratic-run Senate won’t pass that bill. Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada yesterday objected to a unanimous consent request by Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, to proceed to the House-passed spending measure and pass it without amendment, Bloomberg Government reported.
Senators have an “obligation to the people of our states” to repeal Obamacare, the “biggest job-killer in this country,” Cruz said.
Reid said earlier yesterday that the Senate “will not bow to Tea Party anarchists who deny the mere fact that Obamacare is the law.”
The Gallup Poll found a slightly smaller percentage of people interested in compromise: 53 percent.
Yet that share has grown since Gallup tested the question in 2011.