January 12, 2009

Partisan Gap on Diverse Communities

58%

Democrats are more likely than Republicans to give diversity-oriented responses to questions about community.

When given a battery of questions on the desire for diversity in their community, partisanship created the largest gap in attitudes with 58% of Democrats giving diversity-oriented responses to four of five questions compared with 35% of Republicans. Furthermore, combining ideology with partisanship produces a wider gap; 65% of liberal Democrats, but just 32% of conservative Republicans, give the pro-diversity responses to four of the five questions. Independents (57% give four pro-diversity responses) are closer to Democrats than Republicans. Those with higher levels of education and those who seldom attend religious services are also more likely to give pro-diversity responses. Read More