It is almost enough to feel sorry for Republican politicians. Americans increasingly view the GOP as the party of obstruction, while the percentage of Americans who want politicians to compromise with people with whom they disagree has increased from 40 to 50% in the last two years.
Unfortunately, the Republican base still wants their candidates to stick to their positions and avoid compromise by an almost two-to-one margin. The percentage of Republicans who want their candidates to compromise is 36%. However, this is still much smaller than for Democrats (59%) and Independents (53%).
This means that in a general election, a majority of voters wants a candidate to compromise, but in a Republican primary an even larger percentage of voters doesn’t wants their candidate to stick to their guns (at least figuratively) no matter what. So if fewer and fewer moderate, willing-to-compromise Republicans can get nominated to run for office, and in order to do so they have to take a position that makes them less popular with the general electorate, what is the future of the Republican party?
Hopefully, the Republican base will wake up and realize that compromise is the nature of politics. Indeed, the percentage of Republicans who want their candidates to compromise has gone up 4% in the last two years, but this lags behind Democrats, where the percentage has gone up 13%, and Independents, where the percentage has gone up 12%, almost as much as Democrats. Will the Republicans ever catch up?