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17 percent overall blame the Democrats for the bickering; 41 percent of Republicans, 4 percent of Democrats and 33 percent of independents agree.

15 percent blame the White House; 37 percent of Republicans, 2 percent of Democrats and 33 percent of independents agree.

Source: A Harris Poll of 2,368 U.S. adults conducted Oct. 16-21.

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