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Topic - Frank M. Newport
With the clock ticking on Congress to strike a deal to avert the "fiscal cliff," Americans increasingly want to see their leaders compromise to get a deal done — as long as the pain of any compromise leaves them untouched.
Pledges of support from powerful Republicans last week may have edged Mitt Romney closer to the GOP presidential nomination, but the former Massachusetts governor still struggles to fire the imaginations of most in his party — even the coveted endorsements from former President George H.W. Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida seemed underwhelming in tone.
"People who are true believers on either end like people who are their kindred spirits, and Romney is not perceived as being a true conservative by a lot of conservative types in the Republican Party," Mr. Newport said.