See the latest Pew Research Center data on U.S. political party affiliation, including trends in voting and elections.
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.
Political Typology Reveals Deep Fissures on the Right and Left
The U.S. political landscape is dominated by partisanship, but there are divisions within both partisan coalitions on such issues as immigration, America’s “openness” and the size and scope of government.
Key takeaways on Americans’ growing partisan divide over political values
Our surveys conducted in June and July found little common ground among Republicans and Democrats on fundamental values. Here are eight takeaways.
Republicans much ‘colder’ than Democrats in views of professors
More Republicans offer a cold than warm view of college professors when asked to rate them on a “feeling thermometer.”
Democratic voters are increasingly likely to call their views liberal
The share of Democrats who describe their political views as liberal has steadily risen and is now 20 percentage points higher than in 2000.
Views of racism as a major problem increase sharply, especially among Democrats
The share of Americans who say racism is a “big problem” in society has increased 8 percentage points in the past two years – and has roughly doubled since 2011.
U.S. Muslims see their relationship with Trump as strained
About three-quarters of Muslim Americans say Trump is unfriendly toward them, and just 19% say they approve of the job Trump is doing as president.
Among gun owners, NRA members have a unique set of views and experiences
While the demographic profile of NRA members is similar to that of other gun owners, their political views, the way they use their firearms and their attitudes about gun policy differ significantly from gun owners who are not members of the organization.
Bipartisan support for some gun proposals, stark partisan divisions on many others
Republicans and Democrats find rare common ground on some gun policy proposals in the U.S., but there are sharp partisan differences on other issues.