More Voters Than Ever See Obama As Partisan Democrat

Partisan Politics

More Voters Than Ever See Obama As Partisan Democrat

Monday, March 29, 2010

Less than a week after President Obama signed the health care reform bill into law, more voters than ever say he is governing like a partisan Democrat.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 56% of likely voters believe the president is governing like a partisan Democrat, up three points over the past month and the highest level measured since he took office in January 2009.

The week after his inauguration, just 39% of voters felt that way.

Only 28% now say the president is governing on a bipartisan basis, tying the lowest level measured reached last month. Another 16% are not sure.

Not surprisingly, Republicans are twice as likely as Democrats to say the president is governing on a partisan basis. Half (50%) of voters not affiliated with either party say the president is governing like a partisan Democrat, but 31% disagree.

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However, the president isn’t the only one in Washington, D.C. that voters say is governing in a partisan manner. Following their passage of the health care plan without a single Republican vote, Democrats are viewed as behaving like partisan Democrats by 63% of voters, down three points from last month. Twenty-two percent (22%) say Democrats are acting in a bipartisan manner, up seven points from February.

Seventy-eight percent (78%) of Republicans and 64% of unaffiliated voters see the Democrats in Congress as behaving in a partisan fashion. Just 49% of Democratic voters agree.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of all voters say Republicans in Congress are acting like partisan Republicans, up two points from last month. Only 22% say congressional Republicans are acting on a bipartisan basis, and another 22% are undecided.

There’s not much partisan disagreement on that point, though. Sixty percent (60%) of Democrats think Republicans in Congress are acting in a partisan fashion, and 53% of GOP voters and 54% of unaffiliateds agree.

Overall, 66% of voters expect Washington to grow more partisan over the next year, which is just one point below the highest level measured since regular tracking of the question began in January 2009. Only 12% expects Washington politics to become more cooperative during that time, down two points from last month and the lowest level measured to date. Another 22% of voters are not sure.

One week after the House of Representatives passed the health care plan, 54% of voters still favor repealing it.

Overall, 70% of voters are angry with the policies of the federal government. That includes 48% who are very angry. Fifty-three percent (53%) now are at least somewhat concerned that those opposed to Obama’s policies will resort to violence, but 42% don’t share that concern.

Just 11% of voters rate Congress’ performance as good or excellent, but 64% say Congress is doing a poor job.

Fifty-two percent (52%) of voters believe the average member of the Tea Party movement has a better understanding of the issues facing America today than the average member of Congress. Only 30% believe that those in Congress have a better understanding of the key issues facing the nation.

As for the president, his job approval ratings as measured by the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll showed a modest bounce following passage of the health care plan, but this was due primarily to increased enthusiasm on the part of Democratic voters.

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