Voters now see congressional Republicans as slightly more partisan than their Democratic counterparts and are more pessimistic about the overall level of partisanship in Washington, D.C. than they have been in nearly a year.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 64% of Likely U.S. Voters think Republicans in Congress are acting like partisan Republicans. Just 18% say they are governing on a bipartisan basis, while another 18% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Similarly, 62% believe Democrats in Congress are acting like partisan Democrats. Twenty-three percent (23%) feel congressional Democrats are acting on a bipartisan basis. Fifteen percent (15%) are not sure.
While the level of belief that Congress members from both parties are being more partisan is about even now, this is the first time since October of last year – and only the third month since January 2009 – that voters have rated the GOP as the worse offender. Prior to this past April, in fact, the view that congressional Democrats were being more partisan was generally several points higher than how voters viewed Republicans.
For the second month in a row, slightly more voters describe the Republican agenda in Congress as extreme rather than mainstream. But voters have consistently felt for more than two years that the agenda of congressional Democrats is even more extreme.
Sixty-seven percent (67%) of voters think politics in Washington will be more partisan over the next year. Only 15% think politics in the Nation’s Capital will become more cooperative during the next 12 months. Eighteen percent (18%) are undecided. The number of voters who believe politics will be more partisan shows virtually no change from last month , but it’s the highest level measured in nearly a year of monthly tracking. This figure has ranged from a low of 49% to a high of 70% since late March 2009.
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