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54% Expect More Partisanship in Washington

Friday, July 20, 2012

Just over half of voters now expect politics in the nation’s capital to become more partisan, the lowest finding in well over a year.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters expect more partisanship in Washington, D.C., over the next year. That’s down from 61% last month and the lowest finding since January 2011.  

Nineteen percent (19%) expect politics in the capital to be more cooperative over the next year, the highest finding since March 2011.  Twenty-seven percent (27%), however, are not sure what to expect. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 15-16, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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