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Poll results
Tea Party

68% No compromise
28% Compromise

Political independents

66% Compromise
30% No compromise

SALT LAKE CITY -- The deadline for agreement on a plan to keep the federal government funded is quickly approaching. A new poll suggests if a deal isn't made, the Republicans will suffer the most.

As a deadline of midnight ET Friday looms, the GOP is finding itself in a difficult situation no matter how it moves forward.

A new poll from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal shows 68 percent of tea party Republicans want GOP lawmakers to stand their ground and hold to their positions on the budget.

However the independent voice also made a difference for the GOP in 2010. And, the poll shows 66 percent of them want a compromise.

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When the two groups are combined, 48 percent say compromise; 47 percent say don't compromise, even if that means a government shutdown.

Thursday morning Utah Sen. Mike Lee joined Utah's Morning News on KSL Newsradio. He said no Republican in Washington wants a government shutdown. But he also said GOP lawmakers are standing their ground on the budget and Pres. Obama will be to blame.

"It will be him who shuts it down if it happens, because Republicans have presented plan after plan. He has refused to engage in good faith negotiation," Lee said.

President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner met late into the night Wednesday. Then both sides said they were getting closer.

"We're not there yet, but hope lies eternal," Reid said.

"There's intent on both sides to continue to work together to try to resolve this," Boehner said. "No one wants the government to shut down."

House Republicans say they'll push for another one-week stop-gap as the negotiations continue. Lee also acknowledges that's a possibility.

Democrats are accusing Republicans of stalling.

E-mail: aadams@ksl.com

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