The public thinks the number one problem facing the country last year was their dysfunctional government, according to Gallup. From Gallup:
It is not too surprising a result, given that in the past few years we have seen almost no laws of any significance approved, a prolonged government shutdown and the threat of a default on our national debt.
Effectively almost all of these big problems have been caused by having a divided government and the Republican party realizing that it’s to their political benefit to NOT work with President Obama.
If the public is really sick of the gridlock we need to seriously look at changing our election/governing rules so they no longer strongly encourage gridlock. Other democracies don’t have these specific problems (they have their own unique issues) because their rules don’t allow for divided government.