A new poll shows that a slight majority of Americans are as frustrated with the filibuster as many politicians in Washington. The latest CBS News/New York Times poll asked more than 1,000 adults if the Senate filibuster rules should remain in place. Fifty percent said no, and 44% said yes. The poll, taken from Feb. 5-11, has a margin of error of 3%.
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Support for the filibuster breaks along party lines. With their party in the minority in the Senate, 61% of Republicans want to keep the filibuster while just 32% want to drop it. Among Democratic respondents, 68% want the filibuster gone while only 26% want it to remain part of Senate rules. Independents are split, with 46% saying they'd keep the filibuster as it is, and 49% saying it should be scrapped.