As the health care overhaul seems increasingly stuck in partisan gridlock, a new poll shows that the public is down on Washington.
And the survey released today from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press says that more Americans are starting to blame Democrats and President Obama, who promised over and over to change Washington.
In the poll, 63 percent of respondents said that Obama and GOP leaders are not working together on important issues facing the country, up from 45 percent in February soon after he took office. And while a plurality -- 29 percent -- blame Republicans, 17 percent now fault Obama, up from 7 percent in February.
Obama's own job approval rating is down to 51 percent, down from 54 percent last month and 64 percent in February.
The survey also found that Americans have a dimmer view of the Democratic Party, which had a 62 percent favorability rating just before Obama was inaugurated, but now has a 49 percent favorability rating. The GOP, meanwhile, remains stuck at a 40 percent favorability.
The poll was conducted Aug. 11-17.
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