Congress is Polarized and Broken. But Americans are More United than you Might Think

By Steven Kull and James FishkinOpinion contributors

Americans are deeply frustrated with the government in Washington. They see many problems need addressing, but partisan polarization has created persistent gridlock.

Polling from Pew Research Center shows that polarization in Congress has reached a new zenith. Experts are concerned that public frustration has gotten so severe that democracy is at risk.

It is easy to assume that the polarization in Congress is a mirror of the American people – after all, Congress is elected by the people.