The growing Democratic domination of nation’s largest counties
In 2008, Barack Obama won 88 of the 100 largest U.S. counties; four years later he won 86 of them. The last time a Republican presidential candidate won more than a third of the 100 biggest counties was 1988.
In ‘political correctness’ debate, most Americans think too many people are easily offended
Six-in-ten (59%) Americans say “too many people are easily offended these days over the language that others use.” Fewer (39%) think “people need to be more careful about the language they use to avoid offending people with different backgrounds.”
More minority federal judges have been appointed under Democratic than Republican presidents
Since 1945, Democratic presidents have appointed three times as many black judges, and also more Hispanic and Asian judges, to the federal bench as their Republican counterparts.
Sharp differences over who is hurt, helped by their race
Blacks and whites differ on the extent to which a person’s race can be a burden or a benefit. For blacks, the answer is clear: 65% say “it is a lot more difficult to be black in this country than it is to be white.” Fewer than half as many whites (27%) agree.
Is treatment of minorities a key election issue? Views differ by race, party
Clinton backers are nearly twice as likely as those who support Donald Trump to say the treatment of minorities is very important to their 2016 decision (79% vs. 42%).
Trump faces challenge in getting a united GOP behind him
54% of Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters think disagreements within the party will keep many Republicans from supporting Trump. Fewer (38%) think the party will solidly unite behind him.
5 facts about America’s political independents
The share of independents in the U.S. stands at its highest point in more than 75 years of public opinion polling. However, a substantial majority of them have not fully declared their independence from the two major parties, with most saying they “lean” toward one or the other.
How the public views the secret to America’s success
Compared with many other countries in the world, Americans stand out for their patriotism. But surveys show that Americans disagree over what’s behind their country’s success.
Partisanship in the U.S. isn’t just about politics, but how people see their neighbors
31% of Democrats and 27% of Republicans say it would be harder to get along with a new neighbor from the other party.
Key facts about partisanship and political animosity in America
Republicans and Democrats now have more negative views of the opposing party than at any point in nearly a quarter century. These sentiments are not just limited to views of the parties and their policy proposals; they have a personal element as well.