Poll finds nation most polarized in decades under Obama

 

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ANKARA, Turkey — As President Obama travels across Europe, a new poll out at home shows he's failed so far to forge any kind of bipartisanship and has polarized the country.

"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," says the Pew Research Center.

The poll finds that Obama has very high approval from Democrats, 88 percent, and very low approval from Republicans, 27 percent.

The 61-point partisan gap eclipses George W. Bush's 51-point gap in his first year, and that was after the long recount and simmering charges from Democrats that Bush stole the 2000 election.

Read the full poll results here.

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