Nearly 9 in 10 doubt US leaders can break gridlock

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WASHINGTON (AP) An Associated Press-GfK poll finds 86 percent of Americans lack confidence that Democratic President Barack Obama and the Republican Congress can work together to solve the nation s problems.

Approval ratings for the president and Congress are about the same as before the election, with 41 percent approval for Obama and 15 percent for Congress. In general, however, the December poll of 1,010 adults finds the public more frustrated with politics than they were four years ago.

Expectations for the next two years are dim. Most say Obama is likely to prevent Congress from repealing the health care law passed in 2010, while nearly half say the Republicans are likely to block Obama s executive order on immigration. But fewer think either side can enact the policies on their agenda.

2014-12-11

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