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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%

Photo credit: Whartonmagazine.com

Majority of Americans Believe Obama and Congress Should Cooperate

A recent poll by Rasmussen Reports has revealed that a large portion on Americans believe that President Barack Obama and the United States Congress should work together for the better of the country.

1,000 likely U.S. voters were asked their opinions about the relationship between the president and Congress.

Which is more important?

  • For each body to stand for their beliefs – 16%
  • For the two bodies to work together – 79%
  • Undecided – 5%

Not surprisingly, the majority of Americans want the two major political forces in the country to work together. Obama and Congress have been longtime enemies. Congress has worked tirelessly to undermine Obama’s authority (think John Boehner), while Obama has also used his presidential authority to block Congress from passing certain bills. Partisan politics are a fact of life in the United States. The country is heavily divided on party lines and average Americans are forced to choose between two parties that fail to look out for them.

The Demographics:

  • Male – 49%
  • Female – 51%
  • 18-39 – 30%
  • 40-64 – 52%
  • 65+ – 18%
  • White – 73%
  • Black – 12%
  • Other – 15%
  • Republican – 31%
  • Democrat – 35%
  • Other – 34%

Photo credit: KPBS.