Though most Americans think continued partisan gridlock would damage the country, most also are pessimistic about our nation healing its political divisions, according to the Pew Research Center. Of those surveyed, 71 percent said a failure of Republicans and Democrats to work together over the next two years would hurt the nation “a lot,” and an additional 16 percent said it would hurt the nation “some.” Meanwhile, 41 percent thought that the nation would be as divided five years from now as it is today, and 36 percent thought it would be more divided. – Phillip Brownlee
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