As congressional leaders gear up for a second White House meeting in as many days in an effort to reach a budget deal, a Gallup poll released Wednesday night shows that most Americans favor a compromise, although a slim majority of Republicans would prefer to see leaders hold out for their desired budget even if it means a shutdown.
Asked what they would prefer members of Congress who represent their views on the budget to do regarding the impasse, 58 percent of national adults said that they want members to agree to a budget compromise even if it means they pass a budget with which they disagree. Thirty-three percent of adults said that they want members who share their views to hold out for the budget they want, even if it means the federal government shuts down.
Broken down by party, 44 percent of Republicans preferred a compromise while 51 percent preferred that members hold out even if it means a shutdown; 68 percent of Democrats preferred a compromise and 27 percent preferred that members hold out; and 60 percent of independents would rather that members compromise while 29 percent preferred them to hold out.
Members of both parties have worked hard to portray a potential shutdown as the other side’s fault while strongly emphasizing that their own party does not want the government to shut down. A few hundred tea party activists who rallied at the Capitol last week urged House Republicans to stand by the $61 billion in cuts they have pledged, shouting, “Cut it or shut it!”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) are to meet at the White House at 8:45 p.m. tonight to keep working toward a deal. House Republicans also announced Wednesday afternoon that on Thursday, they plan to introduce a one-week stopgap funding measure to which some Democrats, including House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.), have already opposed.
The Gallup survey, which was conducted on April 5, sampled 1,014 adults and had a margin of error of four percentage points.