the basic points in this article are:
the Republican Party USA has drifted so far to the right of the political spectrum over the past 30 years that it is now the most conservative that it has ever been over the past 100 years
the Democratic Party USA has NOT drifted an equal distance to the left of the political spectrum
despite the obviousness of the deficit problem, neither party has been eager to actually address it during the past two years. (okay, it is true that the deep recession was in the way- but with the recession fading, the willingness is still not there)
most likely outcome in November? Obama wins a narrow victory, but Republicans keep hold of the House and are essentially dead even with Dems in the Senate. Compromise remains out of reach, and despite some overtures from Obama, both parties focus on the next election as regards the deficit.
sorry to be so negative, but that's what the researcher found.