PUBLIC OPINION > Compromise Between Political Parties Probably Won't Happen
Politics 2012/11/08 19:00:00
The election is finally over. Whichever side you fall on, the cards are on the table -- at least until the next Senate elections. At the moment, there are about 60.8 million satisfied voters and 57.9 million frustrated ones, but the L.A. Times wanted to know if both sides could ever learn to compromise. Here's how the public responded.
Unfortunately, it looks like most people think compromise is not an option. It was a heated election this time around, so we're hardly surprised. It may take a little while for some heads to cool. But let's take a look at the demographics to find out where the heat is coming from.
Conservatives Not Keen on Compromise
Going by political alignment, conservatives were much less confident in the possibility of both sides compromising. That's not to say conservatives are less interested in compromise, per se, but they know that if there is to be any compromise going on right now, it's probably going to be in their court. If the left had lost the election, the tables would be turned.
Young people, teens especially, made up one of the most optimistic groups. In fact, teens were one of the only demographics that gave a majority vote to compromise. This probably indicates two things: First, it suggests young people are not as affected by the negativity of the election season. Second, it probably also reflects the tendency of young people to lean left.
More Women Want Compromise
The gender breakdown turned out about how we expected, with female voters a bit more optimistic about getting along, but not by a whole lot. They're only about 8% more likely than men to see compromise in the future. Overall, both genders were pretty pessimistic.
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