Issues like the raising of the nation’s debt ceiling are not only dividing congressional Republicans from their Democrat counterparts, but are also causing fissures within the GOP.
Some Republicans are willing to strike compromises while some Tea Party members are uneager to compromise on their basic conservative principals, especially those associated with economic issues. Winthrop University political science professor Dr. Scott Huffmon says, while the infusion of GOP freshmen gave the Republican Party a majority in the U.S. House, it has not proven to be a totally harmonious alliance.
The Winthrop Poll initiative is headed by Dr. Huffmon is the Director of the Social & Behavioral Research lab which conducts the highly respected Winthrop Poll. It is the only regular “snapshot” of public policy attitudes of the residents of the South or of the state of South Carolina. In an April poll of 1,363 registered South Carolina voters, 80 percent of those who called themselves Republicans disapproved of the way Congress is doing its job. Huffmon says national polls show about a 63 percent disapproval rate for a couple of main reasons.
Huffmon says the Winthrop poll and other surveys show an interesting contrast in the opinions that voters have of Congress as a whole (which is mostly negative) and their particular representatives (which is mostly favorable).