Clinton, Trump Supporters Have Starkly Different Views of a Changing Nation
Supporters of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump disagree on a range of policy issues, from terrorism to free trade. Yet they also have more fundamental differences over long-term changes in the country and the next generation’s future prospects.
Political Party Quiz
Answer these 11 questions that were part of a national survey conducted by the Pew Research Center to find out where you fit on the partisan political spectrum. And see how you compare with other Americans by age, race, religion and gender.
In Clinton’s March to Nomination, Many Democrats Changed Their Minds
Hillary Clinton led Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination in every Pew Research Center survey conducted throughout the party’s primaries. But many Democratic voters vacillated in their candidate support throughout this period.
For GOP Voters, a Winding Path to a Trump Nomination
Over the course of the GOP primaries, a majority of Republican voters changed their minds about who they preferred for president at least once.
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This may be the last presidential election dominated by Boomers and prior generations
Recent presidential elections have been dominated by voters from the Baby Boom and previous generations. That may change this November.
Partisans see opposing party as more ideological than their own
Political parties’ ideological stances are in the eye of the beholder: Republicans and Democrats see the opposite party as more ideologically extreme than their own.
Trump supporters far less confident than Clinton backers that votes will be counted accurately
Just 11% of Trump supporters are highly confident that votes across the country will be accurately counted.
In both parties, men and women differ over whether women still face obstacles to progress
Just over half of Americans (53%) say there are “still significant obstacles that make it harder for women to get ahead than men,” while somewhat fewer (45%) say “the obstacles that once made it harder for women than men to get ahead are now largely gone.”
In debates, voters want to hear most about terrorism and the economy
Given the chance to decide how much time is spent on each of 10 specific issues, voters would allocate more time to discussions of the candidates’ plans on keeping the U.S. safe from terrorism and on economic growth and much less time to discussion of abortion policy.
Many Americans Hear Politics From the Pulpit
As the political season transitioned from the primaries to the general election campaign, many American churchgoers were hearing at least some discussion of social and political issues from the pulpits at their houses of worship.
Few Clinton or Trump Supporters Have Close Friends in the Other Camp
In an increasingly contentious presidential campaign, just a quarter of voters who support Donald Trump in the general election say they have a lot or some close friends who are supporters of Hillary Clinton. Even fewer Clinton backers (18%) say they have at least some friends who support Trump.
Flashpoints in Polling
Many people wonder: Can polls be trusted? The following essay contains a big-picture review of the state of polling, organized around a number of key areas.
A closer look at the gender gap in presidential voting
In the 1972 and 1976 elections, there was no difference in candidate support between men and women. But over the last nine presidential elections, women have consistently voted for Democratic presidential candidates at higher rates than men.