Politics & Government

Poll finds public sees no end to political gridlock

The U.S. Capitol
The U.S. Capitol McClatchy

The public appears to have faint hope that the bitter partisan gridlock that has turned Washington into a lot of sound and fury often signifying very little will diminish anytime soon.

A new survey from the Pew Research Center and USA Today found that 81 percent of the public says the country is more politically at odds than ever, “as high a percentage expressing this view as at any point over the past decade,” according to a press release from the pollsters.

A mere 17 percent of those surveyed holds out the hope that things will be better in five years.

Moreover, the survey found that 71 percent said that the unwillingness of Democrats and Republicans to work together between now and the 2016 presidential election would hurt the country “a lot.”

The survey of 1,507 adults took place Dec. 3-7.