- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 11, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Politicians who think that Americans overlook stubborn impasses on Capitol Hill are kidding themselves. The public takes it to heart: 71 percent report that the problem of political gridlock is “very important to them personally,” this according to a new Associated Press poll released Wednesday. Sadly enough, another 86 percent say there’s nothing that can be done about it. And the most cited reaction to the current political climate is “disappointment,” the survey found, followed by “frustration.” Only 16 percent say President Obama can restore public trust in government.

Such sentiments are not confined to the citizens alone. “No matter if you’re Republican or a Democrat, everyone has their own opinion on what is holding back the economy. Is it unemployment? Energy costs? Terrorism? Federal deficit?” asked Inc. magazine, which recently surveyed entrepreneurs and executives from over 300 fast growing companies.

“Their top choice? Political gridlock. Fifty-nine percent of respondents cited brinkmanship on Capitol Hill as the biggest obstacle for the U.S. economy,” the magazine found.

Meanwhile, a few numbers from the AP poll:

86 percent of Americans say President Obama and Republicans in Congress can’t work together to solve the nation’s problems.

84 percent disapprove of the job Congress is doing; 58 percent disapprove of the job President Obama is doing.

71 percent say the problem of political gridlock is “important to them personally.”

66 percent disapprove of the job Mr. Obama does dealing with gridlock.

41 percent blame both Mr. Obama and the Republicans for not working together and causinggridlock.

35 percent blame Republicans for the situation, 22 percent blame Mr. Obama.
Source: AN AP/GFK poll of 1,010 U.S. adults conducted Dec. 4-8.


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