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Not buying it: Majority of Americans see Obama's fight with Congress as purely political

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A majority of Americans believe President Obama's ongoing struggle with Congress is more about partisan politics than it is about principle, according to Rasmussen Reports.

And the president isn’t the only one who catches blame for Washington’s infamously hated gridlock: Voters say Republicans in Congress are just as much a part of the problem.

The survey, which was conducted from July 31 to Aug. 1 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, found that 69 percent of respondents believe the political gridlock is all about scoring partisan points, while a measly 20 percent believes that the struggle between Obama and Congress is about “honest differences of opinion.”

In short, of the 1,000 surveyed U.S. adults ages 18 and older, nearly three quarters believe lawmakers in the nation’s capital are screwing around with taxpayers’ time and money.

Now, although it’s hardly new for the public to view Congress with disdain, it’s interesting to see that voters are no longer buying Obama’s “I’m here to unite” routine.

See, Obama fondly claims that he is willing to do whatever it takes to move America forward, that he’s willing to negotiate with Republicans on any point, that he will wash their cars and walk their dogs if it helps Congress comes up with solutions.

And this is the line that Obama sold the American people when he first ran for president in 2008. He promised that he'd bring change and fix the way lawmakers do things in the nation's capital.

But it appears that the honeymoon is over: Americans now see Obama as part of the problem, claiming that Republicans and Democrats alike are merely in it to score points.

In short, nothing has changed.

For a president who came into the White House in 2009 with a 69 percent approval rating, that's a heck of a thing.

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