Poll: Americans say GOP "unwilling to compromise"

A new survey looked at the biggest critiques Americans have of each party

Published April 1, 2013 12:59PM (EDT)

A new Gallup poll finds that the biggest critique of Republicans by Americans is that they're "too inflexible" and "unwilling to compromise," while for Democrats it's that they "spend too much" and "increase the budget deficit."

According to the poll, which measured what Americans dislike about each party, 21 percent of national adults said Republicans don't compromise, including 26 percent of Republicans, 17 percent of independents and 22 percent of Democrats. The second most common criticism was that Republicans are for "protecting the wealthy, not the middle class."

For Democrats, 14 percent said they spend too much, including 23 percent of Republicans, 11 percent of independents and 10 percent of Democrats. The second biggest criticism was that Democrats were also "unwilling to compromise."

By Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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