One thing that just about everyone in the political debate can agree on is that the lines of communication between Washington and the rest of the country have broken down. In an increasingly polarized political era, the United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection poll is intended to provide a reliable, sophisticated and objective source of information about the nation’s priorities for Washington-and its assessment of the policies Washington is pursuing. Results from the survey will appear regularly in National Journal Daily, on National Journal.com, and on this page. Over the past two years, the Congressional Connection Poll has offered a unique portrait of the public’s hopes, concerns, and priorities. Over the next two years, we intend to fill in that picture even more thoroughly.