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Majority of American voters want Congress to work collaboratively: poll

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A majority of American voters say they want Congress to work collaboratively to achieve solutions and pass legislation, according to a new poll conducted by the Bipartisan Policy Center in partnership with Morning Consult.

According to the survey of nearly 2,000 registered voters, 67 percent of voters want Congress to work together. In comparison, 22 percent say they prefer their members to stick to the fundamental principles of legislation, even if it means not getting as much accomplished. 

The preference also spans across party lines, with 77 percent of Democrats and 55 percent of Republicans favoring bipartisan collaboration in Congress. 

The poll noted that many voters believe it is most important for Congress to work across party lines to pass economic legislation, followed by immigration and health care laws. 

Knowledge of the infrastructure bill has also led voters to feel more favorable and confident in Congress’s ability to pass bipartisan legislation in the future.

Among the 29 percent of voters who say they heard about the bill, 51 percent say the passage makes them view Congress more favorably, and 42 percent say they are more confident Congress can work collaboratively in the future.

The poll was conducted between Aug. 11 and Aug. 13 and had a sample of 1,996 registered voters. The margin of sampling error is 2 percentage points.

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