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Americans See Parties Deadlocked On Big Issues

Can't the politicians just get along? Americans are cranky about the lack of cooperation between the president and Republican leadership, according to poll data just out from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

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Some 63 percent of Americans think President Barack Obama and GOP leaders aren't getting the job done when it comes to working together on the nation's biggest problems, according to a survey conducted during the week ending August 17. In June, only 50 percent thought the two camps weren't cooperating.

Health care overhaul a problem? Could be. Overall, the Pew data show that 39 percent of Americans would be pleased or happy if proposals from Obama and Congress became law, about neck and neck with the 40 percent who would be disappointed or angry about that outcome.

But dig a little deeper and find that Republicans are hopping mad about Obamacare. We kind of figured that from the town hall meetings. But now we have numbers: some 38 percent of Republicans would be angry, if the proposed health overhaul passed.

Among Independents, 19 percent would be ticked off. Democrats, not surprisingly, wouldn't mind—just 5 percent would be angry. Single-payer advocates, we guess.

Separately, Gallup's daily tracking poll show Obama's "approval rating" dropped to a new low 51 percent. Before today, Obama's approval number had twice touched 52 percent, but not gone below that level since he took office in January.

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