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What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls - Week Ending December 31, 2010

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Congress didn’t take much time off for the holidays, but what a difference a couple of weeks could make. Or will they?

The new Congress, with Republicans firmly in charge of the House of Representatives, will convene this coming week. The preceding congressional session with Democrats controlling both the Senate and the House closed its doors just before Christmas, with voters as critical of it as they have been for months

For the second time this month, in fact, 60% of Likely Voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the national health care law, which many in the previous Congress consider perhaps its greatest achievement. 

Despite the Bush tax cut deal and the passage of the START nuclear treaty in the recently ended lame duck session of Congress, most voters still believe congressional Republicans and Democrats are behaving in a partisan manner. But the number who believe President Obama is governing like a partisan Democrat has fallen below 50% for the first time since May 2009. Voters initially expressed doubts about whether the president could work with the new GOP majority in the House, so it will be interesting to see how Obama’s partisan ratings fare in the weeks ahead.

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