Who should compromise?
Both Just Bush Just Dems Neither
Liberal 48% 30% 6% 10%
Moderate 61% 15% 6% 13%
Conservative 48% 8% 22% 15%
Liberals and conservatives are almost a mirror image of each other--conservatives were somewhat more likely to say that neither should compromise, and liberals were a somewhat more likely to say that only the other side should compromise, but I doubt that either difference is statistically significant. Moderates were more likely to say that both sides should compromise.
So this is what you might expect to be the normal pattern--moderates want both sides to compromise, liberals and conservatives want the other side to compromise (that's emphasizing the differences--as I said last time, compromise is popular among all kinds of people). But this was not a normal political situation--the Democrats were riding high, and the Republicans were on the defensive. That is, it was pretty much the opposite of 2010, so the pattern should have been the opposite--both conservatives and moderates calling for compromise. So it seems that both of the interpretations I mentioned last time are partly true--support for compromise increases as your side gets weaker, but there's also a tendency for conservatives to be less favorable to compromise than liberals. Admittedly, this conclusion is based on only two examples, but that's how it looks now.