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I&I/TIPP Poll: Finally, Something Dem And GOP Voters Agree On — Don't Kill The Filibuster

A majority of Republicans and Democrats support keeping the filibuster.

Cartoon depicting a Senate filibuster by artist John T. McCutcheon
Cartoon depicting a Senate filibuster by artist John T. McCutcheon, published in the Chicago Tribune, May 26, 1928.credit: Library of Congress

Senate Democrats recently threatened to eliminate the filibuster if their "Build Back Better" and "For The People Act" bills weren't passed. Such a strategy, however, holds serious political dangers for elected Democrats: A bipartisan majority of both Republicans and Democrats support keeping the filibuster, a new I&I/TIPP Poll shows.

Responding to recent events, the monthly I&I/TIPP Poll, posted also at tippinsights, asked the following question:

As you may be aware, the filibuster is a Senate procedure that has been used to prevent the Senate from passing controversial legislation, even if a simple majority of 51 senators support it. To end a filibuster, a cloture vote of at least sixty senators out of one hundred is required.  Do you support or oppose the use of the filibuster in the United States Senate?

Overall, a solid plurality support keeping the filibuster. Of those queried, 46% said they supported the parliamentary maneuver, versus 31% who said they don't. Another 23% said they weren't sure.

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