Obama has Divided the US along Partisan lines
President Barack Obama ran for president in 2008 as a man who could unite the country, come to agreements and work with independents and republicans. He has done the opposite, being supported by the public overwhelmingly by democrats but with very little support from independents and republicans. He also routinely makes statements blaming republicans for all the ills of the country. In congress his program, the parts that passed, was passed almost wholly from democratic votes with few if any republicans voting with him.
In a recent Gallup poll reported that eighty one percent of democrats support the president. Most of the democrats who oppose Obama are the left wing of the party who think he is too conservative and that he is expanding the war in Afghanistan rather than withdrawing the troops. Some also oppose him because they think the health care bill did not go fa enough.
Only 38% of independent voters support president Obama and he is supported only 12% of republicans. This means 75% of non democrats do not support the president. Very few republicans in the senate or house of representatives voted for Obama's major program. This is probably because Obama is unwilling to compromise with republicans to win their support. His idea of bipartisanship was that he proposed legislation and republicans supported it without change. So far this is not working.
The racial split is even greater. 92% of black Americans support Obama but only 40 percent of non black voters support him. This is almost the opposite of unity. There i9s already talk among democrat leaders that in this year's elections they will blame republicans for the bad economy, saying republicans tried to block Obama's programs. It should be an interesting election but it will also be one of the most partisan elections ever.