The Hill Poll: GOP seen as more reasonable in spending-cut debate

A plurality of likely voters believes Republicans have been more reasonable than Democrats in the negotiations over spending cuts.

A new poll conducted for The Hill showed 41 percent polled said the GOP had been “more reasonable,” while 29 percent said Democrats had been more sensible. Twenty-two percent said neither party was more reasonable than the other, and 7 percent were not sure.

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But the survey also found that, despite the favorable view of Republicans’ tactics, respondents said it wouldn’t change their votes from last year.

Forty-five percent of respondents said they voted for a Republican last November, and 47 percent said they would do so if the election were held now. Forty percent of respondents said they voted for a Democrat, and 42 percent said they would do so now, according to the March 31 survey of 1,000 likely voters.

Congress has been passing short-term funding bills as both parties seek a compromise on a budget for the remainder of this fiscal year.

Republicans, led by House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerDems face hard choice for State of the Union response Even some conservatives seem open to return to earmarks Overnight Finance: Trump, lawmakers take key step to immigration deal | Trump urges Congress to bring back earmarks | Tax law poised to create windfall for states | Trump to attend Davos | Dimon walks back bitcoin criticism MORE of Ohio, have been pushing for $61 billion in spending cuts for the rest of the fiscal year. The White House and Senate Democrats have made a counter-offer to cut $20 billion from 2010 spending levels on top of the $10 billion already cut by two short-term continuing resolutions enacted this month. 

The poll was conducted March 31 for The Hill by Pulse Opinion Research and has a margin of error of 3 percent.

Erik Wasson contributed reporting.