Gallup asked Americans the following question on four successive weekends from Dec. 1-Dec. 22 — for a total sample size of 4,170 randomly selected national adults:
What would you like to see government leaders in Washington do in the fiscal cliff negotiations — [ROTATED: stick to their principles and beliefs on tax increases and spending cuts, even if no agreement is reached by the Jan. 1 deadline, (or) compromise on their principles and beliefs on tax increases and spending cuts in order to reach an agreement by the Jan. 1 deadline]?
… The large sample size from December interviewing allows us to view detailed ideology, ranging from very conservative to very liberal. The results show significant majority support for the compromise position in four of the five ideology groups. The exception comes among the roughly 9% of the adult population who label themselves “very” conservative. [cont.]
Frank Newport, Gallup