Likewise, many Republicans seemed ready to jump in the ring. Indeed, given the last election, some didn't think they had any other option. "New Republicans were elected to take a different path, not to compromise with Democrats," said one GOP Insider. Said another who also favored confrontation:
"The Dems need to understand more about our bottom line and the base needs to see us fight."
But some Republicans were not so ready to claim a clear mandate from the election returns. "Voters unilaterally chose for a balanced voice in their representation," said one GOP Insider. "Now that we have two parties represented it's time to find common ground."
The partisan divide in this Insiders Poll is reflected in the broader public as well. After the election a USA Today/Gallup poll found that Democrats were more likely to say that "compromise in order to get things done" was the best approach for political leaders in Washington to follow, while Republicans were more inclined to feel that "it is more important for political leaders to stick to their beliefs even if little gets done."