Partisan divide is hardening in presidential politics

Gallup poll numbers show that the disparity between presidential job-approval ratings among Republicans and Democrats is hardening, the Washington Post reported. Of the 10 years with the biggest gaps between job-approval ratings, seven have occurred since 2004. Five of the 10 most-partisan years, including the top three years, were when George W. Bush was president. The biggest divide was in 2004, when Bush’s average approval rating among Republicans was 91 percent and only 15 percent among Democrats, for a 76 percent gap. President Obama, who campaigned on wanting to bridge the partisan divide, has been in the top 10 each of his three years in office, including this past year when there was a 68 percent approval gap.