Polling Center: Major Issues, Poison Pills

The widely reported death of the spirit of compromise has become a centerpiece of conventional wisdom about politics in the Obama era, highlighted by the stubborn rejection of good-faith bargaining on the implementation of Obamacare and the failure of a comprehensive immigration reform bill in Congress. Each side blames the other. The news media pumps out story after story about a mood of paralysis and toxicity that has frozen Congress, stymied the White House, and even led people to wonder if the system set up by the Constitution is broken.

Public opinion tells a subtler tale. Polling suggest that the ...

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