A majority of Americans surveyed in a new poll said they believe President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE should compromise on his demands for a wall along the southern border to prevent gridlock and avert a partial government shutdown.

An NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist Poll released early Tuesday found that 57 percent of respondents said Trump should compromise on the border wall, compared to 36 percent who believe he should remain firm in his demands, even if it means shutting down part of the government.

The results are split along partisan lines, with 71 percent of Democrats polled and 61 percent of independents polled saying the president should compromise.


Sixty-five percent of Republicans in the survey said Trump should not compromise on the border wall, one of his key campaign pledges, according to the poll. 

Overall, 44 percent of respondents said they approve of the way Trump is handling immigration policy, while 52 percent disapprove. That number is also skewed along party lines, with 14 percent of Democrats surveyed approving of his handling of the issue, compared to 91 percent of Republicans in the sample.

The poll surveyed 1,075 adults from Nov. 28 through Dec. 4 and has a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points.

The poll was released on the same day that Trump is scheduled to meet with House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCutting tariffs is better than cutting payroll taxes to boost the economy Pelosi speaks with Israeli president after Trump controversy In debate over internet speech law, pay attention to whose voices are ignored MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerJewish Democratic congresswoman and veteran blasts Trump's 'disloyalty' comments Schumer says Trump encouraging anti-Semites Saagar Enjeti: Biden's latest blunder; Krystal Ball: Did Schumer blow our chance to beat McConnell? MORE (D-N.Y.) at the White House, where the three are expected to discuss funding for border security.

Trump is pushing for $5 billion to fund border security, including the wall, while the Democratic leaders have indicated they're unwilling to commit more than $1.6 billion.

Congress must pass government funding bills by Dec. 21 to avoid a partial shutdown.