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Partisanship in America


Americans who blame Washington politicians for the polarization and gridlock of the nation's politics might want to look in the mirror: Like the elected officials they decry, voters tend to automatically retreat into partisan camps even when they disagree with the party line on policy.


A USA TODAY/Bipartisan Policy Center Poll shows that the officials who have been unable to avert the automatic spending cuts known as sequestration – the current debate centers more on who's to blame for them – in some ways reflect constituents who view the opposition party as deeply untrustworthy and its positions extreme. Though most Republican and Democratic voters say American politics are more polarized than the American people are, the findings indicate that on that they're wrong.


"There's no question the American public sees the country as divided and as increasingly divided, and as usual, they don't think it's their fault," says Democratic pollster Mark Mellman, who conducted the survey in conjunction with Republican pollster Whit Ayres. "The public blames the polarization and the partisanship on the politicians, but in all honesty, it's their fault, too."


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While I believe the article, I think the bias of the for-profit talking heads drives people further in one direction or another than would otherwise be the case. And don't think for a second that there isn't money coming from either the primary party financial supporters or the parties themselves that are going into the pockets of those talking heads.

In short, the party reflects the people but the people are also reflecting some of the primary media factions that are paid for by the party. The snake continues to eat itself.
 

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