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Seven of 10 prefer that Obama work with Congress, not go around it: Poll

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In a new poll released Wednesday, nearly seven in 10 likely U.S. voters say it’s better for President Obama to work with Congress rather than act alone, compared to 27 percent who say it’s better for him to go around Congress if necessary “to accomplish what he feels is important.”

Mr. Obama said in his State of the Union Address Tuesday night that he’d like to work with Congress but that he’s prepared to take action on his own when necessary to act on big-ticket items like the economy.

Fifty-three percent of those polled think it’s more important for the Republican party to work with the president, while 40 percent say it’s more important for the GOP to stand for what it believes in.

Thirty-eight percent say the president more closely resembles the will of the American people, compared to 40 percent who say Congress and 21 percent who aren’t sure.

The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted on Jan. 27-28 and has a margin of error of three percentage points.

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