More than half of North Carolinians favor rule changes that would reduce gridlock in the U.S. Senate, according to a survey conducted by Raleigh-based Public Policy Polling.
Fifty-five percent said North Carolinas senators, Republican Richard Burr and Democrat Kay Hagan, should vote for changes to Senate rules that can lead to gridlock, which include filibuster procedures.
Nearly 80 percent said that the Senate does not deal with issues in a timely manner. About 70 percent said senators filibustering a bill should have to stay on the floor debating.
Democrats polled were significantly more likely to support changing Senate rules than Republicans.
Fix the Senate Now commissioned similar polls in nine other states as well: Arkansas, California, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Across the 10 states, 61 percent said they favored Senate rule changes.
Gridlock in Washington has become a much-debated topic particularly as Democrats and Republicans try to come to an accord on the fiscal cliff, or mix of tax increases and spending cuts slated to go into effect at the first of the year.
Some academics have called the current environment in Washington the most divided in decades.
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