See the latest Pew Research Center data on U.S. political party affiliation, including trends in voting and elections.
Republicans, Democrats See Opposing Party as More Ideological Than Their Own
Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to view the Democratic Party as very liberal. And the pattern is similar, though less pronounced, in views of the GOP’s ideology: More Democrats than Republicans see the Republican Party as very conservative.
Republicans and Democrats agree: They can’t agree on basic facts
Nearly eight-in-ten Americans say that when it comes to important issues facing the country, most Republican and Democratic voters not only disagree over plans and policies, but also cannot agree on basic facts. Ironically, Republicans and Democrats do agree that partisan disagreements extend to the basic facts of issues, according to a new Pew Research Center survey
Most Americans say more women running for Congress is a good thing, as hope for a female president grows
Women are running for Congress in record numbers this year, and most Americans say this is a good thing. But there’s little consensus among the public about how – or whether – things would change if more women were elected. More than four-in-ten Americans say they personally hope a woman will be elected president in their lifetime.
As Midterms Near, Democrats Are More Politically Active Than Republicans
Across a range of political activities – from attending political rallies to donating to campaigns – voters who back Democratic candidates for Congress are reporting higher levels of political activity than GOP voters.
Taking Sides on Facebook: How Congressional Outreach Changed Under President Trump
Democratic legislators’ opposition to political adversaries on Facebook spiked after Trump’s election, while “angry” reactions to posts by members of Congress increased among followers.
Religiously, nonwhite Democrats are more similar to Republicans than to white Democrats
While white Democrats are less likely to be religious than Republicans, nonwhite Democrats more closely resemble Republicans overall on certain religious measures.
Democrats, Republicans give their parties so-so ratings for standing up for ‘traditional’ positions
Republicans and Democrats give their own parties only mixed ratings for how well they do in standing up for some of their parties’ traditional positions.
Many Republican Millennials differ with older party members on climate change and energy issues
There are significant divides between younger Republicans and their elders in the GOP on a range of environmental and energy issues.
Why do people belong to a party? Negative views of the opposing party are a major factor
Sizable majorities of Democrats and Republicans cite the other party’s harmful policies as a major reason they belong to their party.
Negative views of democracy more widespread in countries with low political affiliation
Across 35 nations, a median of 26% do not identify with any political party in their country. In countries where more people are unaffiliated with any political party, popular support for representative democracy is also lower.