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Poll: Would a GOP Senate Majority Leader End Filibustering of Bills?


Poll: Would a GOP Senate Majority Leader End Filibustering of Bills?

By Michael Catalini, and Peter Bell


Q: If Republicans win the Senate, how likely is it the new majority leader would eliminate the filibuster on legislation?


Very likely: 21%
Somewhat likely: 20%
Somewhat unlikely: 25%
Very unlikely: 34%

Very likely

Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sens. Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, and Patty Murray announce the Senate's 52-48 vote in November to block filibusters of most executive-branch nominees. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)"When have Republicans ever been shy about changing the rules to fit their new circumstances?"

"Tit for tat!"

"It's one of the only things they can unite their caucus on."

Somewhat likely

"Even Mitch might find that hypocrisy hard to explain."

Somewhat unlikely

"Tough battle within Republican Conference. Won't happen."

"They don't really want to—but it's a great threat."

Very unlikely

"It is a slippery slope. Plus, Obama has veto power."

"For the party that mostly wants to stop things, the filibuster is the most important tool in the toolbox."


Q: If Republicans win the Senate, how likely is it the new majority leader would eliminate the filibuster on legislation?


Very likely: 10%
Somewhat likely: 14%
Somewhat unlikely: 36%
Very unlikely: 40%

Very likely

"It's the old saying, 'If it's good for the goose ...' "

"Dirtiest little secret in D.C.: The filibuster is unconstitutional, and would be declared so if challenged in court. Long overdue time for majority rule in the Senate."

Somewhat likely

"Would do it on day one so you can get down to repealing Obamacare, green-lighting Keystone, and rolling back the regulatory state. Obama's vetoes would be great fodder for 2016 presidential and a tough Senate slate for R's."

Somewhat unlikely

"Republicans tend to play by the rules."

"McConnell knows the [mainstream media] would not allow him the same latitude they gave Reid in eliminating the filibuster on nominations."

"Seems to me, McConnell actually values Senate tradition and the checks and balances—unlike Harry Reid, who values power."

"Dems have opened the door, but unlikely the Republicans will walk through it."

"We don't want to follow Harry Reid's path ... do we?"

Very unlikely

"No incentive for GOP if Obama still can veto."

"Who on earth wants to be remembered like Harry Reid—the worst majority leader in Senate history?"

"Whether it's Senator McConnell or someone else, Republicans are rule-oriented by nature."

"The real question is: Will Majority Leader McConnell roll back the nuclear-option decisions from last year?"

"Given what's been said, how could he?"

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This article appears in the August 2, 2014 edition of National Journal Magazine as Political Insiders Poll.