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 Divides Over Environmental Regulation and Energy Policy
Americans lean toward regulations – not economic markets alone – as the most effective way to increase reliance on renewable energy, but they are evenly split on whether fewer regulations can protect air and water.
In Trump era, women’s views of nation’s prospects take a negative turn
The gender divide in Donald Trump’s job approval rating is larger than for most recent presidents at comparable points early in their administrations.
Americans’ Attitudes About the News Media Deeply Divided Along Partisan Lines
Today, roughly nine-in-ten Democrats say news media criticism helps keep leaders in line, while only about four-in-ten Republicans say the same.
Views of NAFTA less positive – and more partisan – in U.S. than in Canada and Mexico
While North American Free Trade Agreement enjoys wide support from Canadians and Mexicans, it is viewed less favorably in the United States.
Why people are rich and poor: Republicans and Democrats have very different views
Beyond partisan differences over economic policies, there are stark divisions on a fundamental question: What makes someone rich or poor?
Democrats far more supportive than Republicans of federal spending for scientific research
Six-in-ten Democrats back increased federal spending for scientific research, compared with one third of Republicans.
Support for free trade agreements rebounds modestly, but wide partisan differences remain
Americans’ support for free trade agreements, which fell sharply during the 2016 presidential campaign, has rebounded modestly. The partisan gap in views of trade agreements remains substantial.
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.
Most Say Tensions Between Trump Administration and News Media Hinder Access to Political News
Large majorities of both Democrats and Republicans say the relationship between the two is unhealthy.