Neither Democratic nor Republican Tennesseans think their party should compromise

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — With Democrats holding the upper hand in Washington but Republicans dominating Tennessee’s political leadership, neither Democrats nor Republicans in the state think their party should give ground, the latest MTSU Poll indicates.

Democrats tend to think the Republican Party should get more moderate while the Democratic Party stays put. But Republicans generally want the Democratic Party to get more moderate while the Republican Party becomes more conservative.

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For over a decade, the Survey Group at MTSU has been providing independent, non-partisan, unbiased, scientifically valid public opinion data regarding major social, political, and ethical issues affecting Tennessee. The poll began in 1998 as a measure of public opinion in the 39 counties comprising Middle Tennessee and began measuring public opinion statewide in 2001.

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