Poll: GOP too inflexible; Democrats spend too much

Poll: GOP too inflexible; Democrats spend too much

POSTED: Monday, April 1, 2013 - 6:41pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 1:16pm

(CNN) -- As the GOP undergoes internal reviews of what went wrong in last year's election and how to improve and expand their party, a new poll suggests a quarter of Republicans think their party is inflexible and unwilling to compromise.

The Gallup poll released Monday also indicates that one in ten Democrats think their party spends too much and increases the deficit.

The Gallup survey asked Americans to name, in their own words, one or two things they liked and disliked about the two major political parties.

Among Republicans, 26% said the thing they disliked the most about the GOP is its inflexibility and unwillingness to compromise, with 14% saying what they disliked the most was the party didn't stand up for its positions and gave in too easily.

Ten percent of Democrats said what they disliked the most was their party's spending, which they said increases the deficit. That was the only answer among Democrats to register in double digits.

Nearly one in five Republicans said there was nothing they disliked about the GOP, compared to 37% of Democrats who had no criticism of their party.

As for what they liked the most about their party, one in five Republicans named better fiscal policies designed to reduce the federal debt. An equal amount named the party's conservative views.

According to the survey, 22% of Democrats said caring about the middle and working class is what they like best about their party. All other answers were in single digits.

The Gallup poll was conducted March 20-21, with 1,020 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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