Almost everything in the United States has become a partisan issue. And few polls make that clearer than a couple year-end polls released over the holiday.
An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll and a Fox News poll both asked Americans to rate their 2014s. The good news: 2014 was rated higher than any year since the recession began. The bad news: the cheer is hardly bipartisan.
The NBC/WSJ poll showed the biggest split. While 70 percent of Democrats rated 2014 as average or better, 77 percent of Republicans rated it below average.
The same goes for the Fox poll. Americans said overall 57-33 that 2014 was a good year for them and their families. But those numbers are strongly correlated to how people feel about President Obama.
Here are some key demographics, and how good they said 2014 was versus how much they approve of Obama.
So basically, if you like Obama, you liked 2014; if you don't like Obama, you're far less likely to have liked 2014.
This isn't really a new phenomenon though. The gap between Republicans and Democrats in a 2004 NBC/WSJ poll was similar to today. Back then, 72 percent of Republicans thought it was at least an average year, while 79 percent of Democrats said it was below average.
That poll, though, was conducted after George W. Bush was reelected and the GOP expanded its congressional majorities. Democrats had little reason to be happy. Today, though, Republicans just arguably had their best election since the Great Depression. That doesn't seem to have done anything to boost their opinion of the year passed.
But are people really that partisan? Do they actually think that every day that the president is from the opposite party is a bad day for them?
Maybe not. These questions, after all, were asked after a series of questions about politics. So people were likely already in a political mind-set when they were asked what is not an inherently political question.
But that doesn't explain it all. And you can bet plenty of people on the red team believe any year with a Democratic president is a bad year -- just as Democrats felt in the early 2000s.