200% Of Americans Agree . . . .


Americans overwhelmingly want to see cooperation, not confrontation, between President Obama and congressional Republicans as a new legislative year begins, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds [. . .]

I love these poll questions. I also agree that Democrats and Republicans should get together and enact the exact policy I want. Here's the fun math part:

Eighty-three percent say it's extremely or very important for House Republicans to pass legislation that both parties can agree on. Even 77% of Republicans polled feel that way. Still, 39% also say it is important for House Republicans to block legislation the GOP disagrees with [. . .]

(Emphasis supplied.) So let's see-- 83 + 39 = 122. Great! But actually this result can be explained. Republicans want Democrats to agree to the Republican agenda. And Beltway Dems agree!

That's what you call "consensus" in the Beltway.

Here's the truth - people do not care what is done in DC, they care about having a job and a better life.

They do not care how it happens. Process is the least of their concerns. But ask thema stupid question about "working together" and these are the results you get. I mean, honestly, does anyone expect people to prefer disagreement to agreement? What an idiotic poll question.

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    What percentage of Americans want to (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Anne on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 10:19:24 AM EST
    ditch the "Star-Spangled Banner" in favor of "Kumbaya" as our national anthem, and make holding hands while singing it mandatory, so as to remind us that we all win when we sacrifice principle and policy for the sake of comity?


    Lack of disagreement is what caused (none / 0) (#3)
    by Buckeye on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 10:28:50 AM EST
    most of the bad policy over the years.

    Um, many bad policies can be (none / 0) (#7)
    by inclusiveheart on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 10:45:35 AM EST
    chalked up to the bad ideas and ideologies from whence they came.  Disagreement had nothing to do with their being horrible.  Disagreement couldn't even soften the blow in many cases because there was no meaningful debate, negotiation or conflict of ideas allowed.  

    Disagreement isn't an across the board problem, at all - in fact - during most of the eight years that Bush was in office - there was very little "disagreement".  Some pretty horrible bills were being written in the House with no consultation from the supposed "left" - whatever "no" votes there were at that time might constitute "disagreement", but I'd say that's a pretty irrelevant disagreement when the no votes were never going to mean anything.


    So we agree then? (none / 0) (#8)
    by Buckeye on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 10:47:30 AM EST
    Perhaps (none / 0) (#14)
    by Towanda on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 09:51:21 PM EST
    you disagree to agree?

    :) You and I understand each other. Disagree? (none / 0) (#15)
    by Buckeye on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 08:39:41 AM EST
    Although I think Obama is looking for a (none / 0) (#4)
    by Buckeye on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 10:33:30 AM EST
    balanced position on this, it reads like he is now agreeing with the right on regulations.

    Obama stated that he agreed (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by MO Blue on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 10:37:45 AM EST
    with Republicans on regulations in his interview with baby Wallace on Fox prior to being elected.

    I wonder what ever happened to (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by KeysDan on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 11:00:20 AM EST
    the idea of presidential  leadership where you persuade others to your point of view as being the superior one to the alternatives.  Of course, it is harder than  sitting back as the grand arbiter of  two "equal" positions with the hope that everyone comes out of the room at least 50 percent happy with at most a 50 percent product that can be summed up as a 100 percent gain.

    Great. I miss stories about baby-killing (none / 0) (#11)
    by observed on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 12:08:54 PM EST

    Is Yogi Berra a pollster now? (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by Dadler on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 10:52:17 AM EST
    100% of polling is 80% mental, the other 60% is sorcery.

    I disagree (none / 0) (#1)
    by Buckeye on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 10:10:37 AM EST

    that really upsets me! such polarization! (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 10:35:58 AM EST
    To be fair (none / 0) (#12)
    by jbindc on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 03:32:40 PM EST
    The statement is

    Still, 39% also say it is important for House Republicans to block legislation the GOP disagrees with.

    Which means that it's 39% of the 77% of Republicans they are talking about.

    But I agree - these types of polls are stupid.

    I don't think so (none / 0) (#13)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 03:41:40 PM EST
    That is from the total pool.