A Gallup poll reports more Americans want to see government leaders compromise rather than stick to principles in order to get things done.
Americans have an increasing desire to see their government officials compromise in order to get things done rather than stand firm on their beliefs, a Gallup poll shows.
The topic is of great interest today as government leaders in the United States continue to battle over budget issues related to funding the government or raising the debt ceiling. The argument also continues over the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
In Spectrem Group research of Ultra High Net Worth investors with a net worth of between $5 million and $25 million not including primary residence, 82 percent said government gridlock was a national concern, and 17 percent said it was their No. 1national concern. Only the prolonged economic downturn was selected No. 1 by more investors (21 percent).
Since 2010, Gallup has interviewed Americans about their desire to see compromise among elected officials, asking them to rate their beliefs on a 1-to-5 scale, in which “1” represents the belief that it is important to compromise in order to get things done, and “5”represents the belief that it is important for leaders to stick to their principles even if it prevents things from getting done.
The numbers for compromise have risen among all Americans from 47 percent in 2011 to 53 percent in 2013. Twenty percent of all Americans chose a middle position on the issue in the 2013 poll while 25 percent selected sticking to principles. That number has decreased from a high of 28 percent in 2011.
The issue does break down along ideological lines. Sixty-one percent of Democrats selected compromise, while only 38 percent of Republicans did. Among liberals, 65 percent selected compromise while only 42 percent of conservative did so, although that percentage was higher than 33 percent of conservatives who selected sticking to principles.
Fifty-five percent of independent voters selected compromise to just 24 percent for sticking to beliefs.
There was a near-even split among those who identified themselves as Tea Party supporters, with 40 percent preferring government leaders stick to their beliefs while 39 percent selected compromise.
There is very little support for a middle position. Only 25 percent of Republicans selected that choice, and that was the highest percentage e among all segments.
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.