WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A new Gallup Poll indicates that Americans on both sides of the political divide view the GOP as too unwilling to compromise with others.
The polling organization asked participants in their most recent survey to tell them one or two traits they negatively associate with the GOP.
The majority of answers given in regards to Republicans pertained to a reluctance to compromise. A reported 21 percent of those asked said Republicans were too inflexible.
A release on the poll’s findings additionally noted, “When asked to say what they most dislike about the Republican Party, 26 percent of Republicans, 17 percent of independents, and 22 percent of Democrats offer this critique – leading all other mentions.”
Many also described the conservative party as an institution set on “protecting the wealthy, not the middle class” – 12 percent, in fact. Other answers given in regards to conservatives included describing them as “giv[ing] in too easily,” disapproval of their “positions on social issues” and perceived “dishonest[y].”
Participants in the survey, which was conducted late last month, were also asked to talk about the negative attributes of Democrats. The top answers given were that they “spend too much,” are “unwilling to compromise” and have “poor leadership,” specifically from President Barack Obama.
However, people were overall less critical of liberals – in particular, liberals themselves.
“… Obama’s victory in November largely ratified the Democratic Party’s brand and approach to reaching out to voters, and that seems to be reflected in the high proportion of Democrats – 51 percent – who say there isn’t anything they dislike about their party or who offer no opinion,” the release noted. “This contrasts with 33 percent of Republicans who can’t think of anything to criticize in their own party.”
The survey wasn’t entirely negative – those answering questions were also asked to positively describe each party.
Republicans were lauded most for their fiscal management and conservative views, while Democrats were praised for their concern for working class Americans and social programs.
A reported 1,020 adult Americans throughout the United States took part in the survey, conducted over the phone by Gallup Daily.