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August 29, 2011


More Want Obama to Challenge Republicans

A new Pew Research survey finds a 37% plurality thinks that President Obama "should challenge the Republicans in Congress more often; 25% say Obama should go along with GOP leaders more frequently, while about the same percentage (26%) say he is handling the situation about right... In April, fewer (27%) said Obama should challenge GOP congressional leaders more often."

"Democrats, in particular, are now more likely to say Obama should challenge Republicans in Congress more often. Today, a majority of Democrats (57%) say Obama should challenge the GOP more frequently; in April, just 39% said this. And there is little difference among Democrats on this question. Liberal Democrats and their conservative and moderate counterparts are about equally likely to want to see Obama stand up more to Republicans (60%, 55% respectively)."

Jonathan Chait: "People always want leaders to compromise. It's amazing that a plurality wants Obama to confront the GOP more strongly."












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