Frustration nation: why Americans are angry and D.C. broken

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A new CNN poll finds that 86 percent of Americans think that government is broken. This week, we kick off a series called “Frustration Nation,” where we examine the gridlock in the capital and how politics has come to be so divisive in America. For the first installment, we put today’s situation in a historical context.

We talk with Theda Skocpol, professor of government and sociology at Harvard University, and Julian Zelizer, a congressional historian at Princeton University. They help explain the sentiment among the electorate today.

Earlier today, we kicked off the conversation with Skocpol and Rick Perlstein, author of “Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America.”

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