Charting Partisan Polarization in Congress

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Policy & Politics

The Fix today has a post about the newly released digital version of Vital Statistics on Congress, a partnership between between a few think tanks that contains reams of enlightening data about the institution.

Among the more interesting examples is a table showing the partisan polarization over the years. Chris Cillizza’s take:

There is, really, only one thing you need to understand if you want to see why Congress doesn’t do much of anything these days. And that one thing is this: We are living in a time of historic polarization between the two parties.

It’s clear from the chart in the report that the parties are as far apart as they’ve been in the modern era:

Charting Views On The ‘Fiscal Cliff’

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Policy & Politics

The Washington Post charts the results of its new poll:

In addressing the fiscal cliff, the public supports increasing taxes on the wealthy but have mixed views of changing federal income tax deductions and are opposed to changing Medicare.

The Washington Post