A Wider Ideological Gap Between More and Less Educated Adults
Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines than at any point in the previous two decades. But there are also growing ideological divisions along educational and generational lines.
Political Polarization in the American Public
Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan acrimony is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in recent history. And these trends manifest themselves in myriad ways, both in politics and in everyday life.
Political Polarization & Media Habits
When it comes to getting news about politics and government, liberals and conservatives inhabit different worlds. There is little overlap in the news sources they turn to and trust.
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Public Dissatisfaction With Washington Weighs on the GOP
While the party retains its advantage over the Democrats on handling terrorism, it has lost ground on immigration and foreign policy, and 68% of the public sees the Republican Party as “mostly divided.”
Americans remain divided on how the Supreme Court should interpret the Constitution
The contentious Senate debate over Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court has cast a spotlight on deep partisan and ideological divisions in Congress – and in the public – over how the U.S. Supreme Court should interpret the Constitution when making its decisions.
Partisans in ‘safest’ counties for their party more willing to discuss political differences
Partisans in counties in which their party was politically dominant in the 2016 election were much more likely to support seeking common ground politically.
How much does science knowledge influence people’s views on climate change and energy issues?
People’s level of science knowledge helps to a degree to explain their beliefs about climate and energy issues, but it depends on their partisanship.
A wider partisan and ideological gap between younger, older generations
The generation gap in American politics is dividing two younger age groups, Millennials and Generation X, from the two older groups, Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation.
Most Americans continue to oppose U.S. border wall, doubt Mexico would pay for it
More Americans continue to oppose than favor building a wall along the entire U.S. border with Mexico, and 70% think the U.S. would ultimately pay for it.
Public divided over Keystone XL, Dakota pipelines; Democrats turn decisively against Keystone
Public support for the Keystone XL pipeline has fallen since 2014, largely because of a sharp decline among Democrats.
Young people less likely to view Iraqi, Syrian refugees as major threat to U.S.
In early January, 46% of the public said “a large number of refugees leaving countries such as Iraq and Syria” was a major threat to the well-being of America.
Most Americans see labor unions, corporations favorably
Americans’ views of both labor unions and business corporations have grown more positive since March 2015.
Americans divided in views of use of torture in U.S. anti-terror efforts
Overall, 48% of Americans say there are some circumstances under which the use of torture is acceptable in U.S. anti-terrorism efforts.