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What’s more, neither side has an incentive to tout much progress.

"For Republicans, the reality is that they are not going to want to give credit for anything that Obama should be credited for," said Ken Warren, a political scientist and pollster at St. Louis University. "As for Democrats, when the public feels some way in the polls and it’s not going to play well, even the Democrats in this case would see a down side.

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"To contradict what the people think can be perceived as liability."

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