10/04/2010 - One month before the midterm elections, Americans offer harsh judgments on Republicans and Democrats in Washington with roughly three-quarters saying partisans have been bickering more than usual and approval ratings for leaders of both parties in Congress matching long-time lows.
The latest Pew Research/National Journal Congressional Connection poll, sponsored by SHRM, conducted September 30-October 3 among 1,002 adults, finds that 77% say that Republicans and Democrats in Washington have been bickering and opposing one another more than usual. Just 8% say they have been working together more.
The percentage saying Republicans and Democrats have been bickering more than usual tops the 72% that said this in October 1995, when partisan fighting over the federal budget eventually lead to government shutdown. At that point, 21% said the parties were working together.
Read the full report Most See Washington Dominated By Partisan Conflict on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press' Web site.