More voters blame Republicans in Congress for Washington’s dysfunction than President Barack Obama, a new poll finds.
Asked why there is gridlock, 51 percent of voters surveyed said it was because Republicans are determined to block Obama, while 35 percent said it was because the president lacks the skills to persuade congressional leaders to work together, a Quinnipiac poll out Friday morning found.
In a similar question, 53 percent of those surveyed said Obama was doing “too little” to compromise with members of Congress, while 68 percent said Republican leaders were doing too little to compromise with the president.
Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed blamed both parties equally for the mess on the Hill, however. Sixty-four percent of respondents said the parties shared the blame, 23 percent said it was Republicans’ fault and 10 percent singled out the Democrats.
The public was also pessimistic about what Congress could accomplish through the gridlock: 69 percent of voters said they did not believe immigration reform would pass this year. Only 27 percent thought Democrats and Republicans could work together to pass it.
The Quinnipiac poll surveyed 2,014 registered voters from June 28 to July 8 by phone and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points .