Why is there gridlock in Washington and in state capitols? Because that’s the way voters want it, according to a survey.
Forty-nine percent of those surveyed by the Pew researchers — that’s a plurality — say they most admire politicians who “stick to their guns” and don’t compromise. Forty-two percent say they admire those who are willing to compromise.
Democrats are more likely than Republicans to favor compromise, the poll says. Tea party supporters (71%) are most likely to favor the no-compromise politician.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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