"There's a ton of disagreement on issues and how to do things. The only real agreement is that government isn't working well," Hanmer says. "The institutions that we fall back on are broken, and there's a lack of faith in [both] those institutions and the people running those institutions."
Stella Rouse, director of the Center for American Politics and Citizenship at the University of Maryland, said Democrats made a mistake by not sticking with the shutdown until they got more from Republicans.
"If you are going to hold out for a shutdown, you hold out" for better concessions, Rouse said.
She said she's certain Democrats felt pressure as poll numbers turned against them and Republicans began changing the narrative to accuse Democrats of holding Americans hostage over people they referred to as "illegal immigrants."
In the wake of the November 7, 2017 elections in New Jersey and Virginia, headlines claimed the results were “threatening Republicans in Congress”, and “offering fresh evidence that the ground is shifting beneath the GOP”. While these results alone may not shed light on the national picture, pundits and politicians alike are wondering what to expect for the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.
Incumbents in particular are concerned. Recent research from a September 2017 Washington Post-UMD poll sheds some light on the disapproval Americans feel for the representatives of their own party. When compared with Congressional Democrats, Congressional Republicans are at a disadvantage.
‘It’s just messed up’: Most think political divisions as bad as Vietnam era, new poll shows
The Post-U. Md. survey reveals a starkly pessimistic view of the U.S. political system under President Trump.
By John Wagner and Scott Clement Oct. 28, 2017
Seven in 10 Americans say the nation’s political divisions are at least as big as during the Vietnam War, according to a new poll, which also finds nearly 6 in 10 saying Donald Trump’s presidency is making the U.S. political system more dysfunctional.