"Looking at recent partisan bickering in Washington, three in 10 Americans say Republicans deserve the most blame, down a bit from 34 percent last October, in the wake of the government shutdown," Mr. Shannon-Missal says. "The percentage blaming Democrats most holds steady at 17 percent. But nearly half — 47 percent, up from 42 percent in October — say both parties are equally deserving of blame."
"Hot tempers and heated words have always been part of the U.S. political scene. In fact, Aaron Burr challenged Alexander Hamilton to a duel in the early days of the United States," says Larry Shannon-Missal, research manager for the Harris Poll, which has plumbed the sentiments of Americans on their lawmakers and officials who behave badly.