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A Pew commentary is getting a lot of play today. It notes a larger partisan gap for Obama than Bush II, Clinton or anyone else.

For all of his hopes about bipartisanship, Barack Obama has the most polarized early job approval ratings of any president in the past four decades. The 61-point partisan gap in opinions about Obama's job performance is the result of a combination of high Democratic ratings for the president -- 88% job approval among Democrats -- and relatively low approval ratings among Republicans (27%).

However, they key findings are really about Republicans. They're the group that gave Obama a job approval of 27. While they are doing that, independents are giving Obama a 57 and Democrats a top-of-the-chart 88.

Pew notes:

The growing partisan divide in presidential approval ratings is part of a long-term trend.

The door is always open for Republicans. They seem to be the ones refusing to step through it. Is Obama really that partisan, or are the shrinking band of Republicans just out of the mainstream? And if they are, why should Obama adjust to them instead of the other way around? What's wrong with governance aimed at independents and Democrats?

Just asking.

PS Also from Pew

March, 2009
Republican  24
Democrat    34
Independent 35
Lean Rep    12
Lean Dem    17

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Apr 06, 2009 at 10:44 AM PDT.

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