“Americans are largely pleased with the outcome of this month’s midterm elections but have little faith that Republican gains in the House and Senate will prompt the two parties to work more closely to solve the nation’s problems, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.
Weeks after Republicans recaptured the Senate and tightened their grip on the House, roughly three-fourths of poll participants said this month’s midterm results would produce “just some” or “not that much” change in a country that most believe has gone off on the wrong track.
The appetite for compromise is strong, a notable change from 2010, the last time Republicans made big gains in Congress. Some 63% of Americans want candidates who were elected to office this year to bend enough to broker deals, compared with the 30% who want lawmakers to abide by the promises they made in their campaigns. Voters had split almost evenly on the question in November 2010.
But despite postelection promises by President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders to reach across the aisle, one in three in the poll said the midterm results gave them less confidence that lawmakers will “work together to deal with problems” facing the country. An additional 40% said the election won’t make any difference in how the parties deal with each other.”