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Majority of Americans Believe Partisan Politics Divide the Country

A recent poll by Rasmussen Reports has revealed that the majority of Americans believe that President Barack Obama and the current Congress frequently disagree due to partisan politics and the party divide.

President Obama and Republicans in Congress oppose each other on most major issues facing the nation. This opposition is due mostly to:

  • Fundamental differences of opinion – 22%
  • Partisan politics – 70%
  • Not sure – 8%

It has been a longstanding tradition for the two major parties to disagree with each other on every major issue. The current political climate punishes candidates who back an idea that wasn’t proposed by their party. Politicians are always worried about giving a point to their opposition or to lose face and look like they are getting soft towards traditional liberalism or conservatism. This is a major flaw and something that needs to be fixed. Sadly, it never will be fixed as it would require a complete overhaul of the current political system.

Demographics:

  • Male 50%, Female 50%
  • 18-39 (31%), 40-64 (51%), 65+ (18%)
  • White 73%, Black 12%, Other 15%
  • Republican 31%, Democrat 35%, Other 34%

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