"Even among a skewed 2010 electorate with depressed Democratic turnout and high Republican turnout, voters are tired of obstruction in the Senate and overwhelmingly support the boldest filibuster reform possible: the Constitutional norm of majority rule," he said. "Democrats can resist the inevitable Republican protests that will come with such reform with the full knowledge that even a Republican-voting electorate supports Democrats being bold on this issue."
Obama has been among those claiming the time for the filibuster has come and gone. The president saw a number of his policy plans and nominees die in the Senate because the Democrats couldn't rally 60 votes to break a Republican filibuster this year, and as recently as last week he said the legislative process would be better without it.
"There are a couple of things that have changed in our politics that are gonna have to be fixed," Obama told Jon Stewart when he visited the Daily Show Oct. 27. "One is the way the filibuster operates. As I said, that's just not in the Constitution."
Last year, a number of Democrats said it was time to end the filibuster as the process bogged down the health care bill and other legislative items. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) offered one plan to reduce the power of the filibuster. In February, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid put the kibosh on Harkin's plan, saying the 67 votes required to implement it weren't there.
PPP surveyed 548 voters Nov. 2 and 3. The margin of error for the poll is 4.2%.