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Bipartisanship and Public Opinion

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American citizens have become sharply politically polarized in the last few years. IPR researchers are studying this political divide and how the public views actions by Congress.

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Bipartisanship and Public Opinion

The U.S. is facing historic levels of party polarization, along with some of the lowest approval ratings for Congress in decades. Yet existing research overlooks how the public responds to legislative gridlock—one of the most discussed consequences of partisan conflict. In a study, IPR political scientist Laurel Harbridge-Yong and D.J. Flynn of the IE School of Global and Public Affairs find that while Americans generally prefer Congress to compromise instead of miring itself in gridlock, their commitment to avoiding gridlock hinges on the issue and which party is seen as winning. 

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