Dem pollster says political bases don't want compromise

Democratic pollster Pia Nargundkar said on Wednesday that the fact political bases do not want to compromise makes lawmakers less likely to reach across the aisle. 

"There's a lip service paid to compromise, but in the end, the incentive is to do what your base wants," Nargundkar, a senior associate at ALG Research, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

"The base doesn't want doesn't want compromise. They're the ones who vote. They're the ones who donate. They're the ones who make noise," she continued. 

"So there's an incentive to sort of appease them, rather than working for bipartisan solutions," she continued. 

A Harvard Caps/Harris poll released last month found that 73 percent of voters said they wanted Democrats and Republicans to work across party lines in the next Congress, while 27 percent said Republican and Democratic lawmakers should stick to their principles even if it means more gridlock. 

But exit polls and midterm results show an increasingly partisan U.S., where Republican districts have become redder, and Democratic districts have become bluer. 

State election results demonstrated deepening partisanship in America, showing the two parties consolidating power in states that were leaning left or right prior to the midterms. 

The number of state legislatures where both Republicans and Democrats control one chamber is at a record low, with Minnesota being the only state with a bicameral legislature to have bipartisan control. 

— Julia Manchester