Poll: Obama More Polarizing than Bush

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Three months into Obama's presidency, a new poll shows that Americans appear more polarized politically than ever before in modern times.

A poll conducted by the Pew Research Center found that Obama has received high approval ratings during his first 100 days as president, with 59 percent of Americans approving of his job performance.

Click play for more analysis on the poll and the future of the Democratic party with Charles Dunn of Regent University's School of Government.

But while that number may seem decent, the breakdown shows the most polarized divide in modern times.

Of the 59 percent who approve of Obama, 88 percent are Democrats and 27 percent are Republicans, leaving a 61-point partisan gap -- the widest in more than four decades.

By comparison, former President George W. Bush, whose first election was controversial because of Florida's ballot debacle, had a 51-point partisan gap during the first few months of his term.

Former President Bill Clinton had a 45 percent gap.

Obama's high numbers show he has not reached across the aisle to include Republicans in his administration. This could have a profound impact on the 2010 elections.

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