The Parties on the Eve of the 2016 Election: Two Coalitions, Moving Further Apart
Ahead of the presidential election, the demographic profiles of the Republican and Democratic parties are strikingly different.
Already-low voter satisfaction with choice of candidates falls even further
Voter satisfaction with choice of candidates at lowest point in decades: 63% of registered voters say they are not too or not at all satisfied.
House seats rarely flip from one party to the other
Big partisan shifts in the House of Representatives happen, but not often. In only three of the past 12 election cycles has one party posted a net gain of more than 30 seats, and on average 93% of House members who seek re-election are voted back into office.
For many voters, it’s not which presidential candidate they’re for but which they’re against
A significant share of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump supporters say their vote is based more on which candidate they are against rather than which one they are for.
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.
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.
5 facts about Hillary Clinton’s candidacy
Here’s a roundup of key Pew Research Center findings on views of Hillary Clinton, her politics and the impact she would have on Washington.
On most issues, Sanders primary supporters further from GOP voters than Clinton backers
On nearly all issues where Clinton’s and Sanders’ backers diverged, they did so because Sanders’ supporters were more to the left of Clinton’s and further away from the opinions of GOP voters.
Sharp differences over who is hurt, helped by their race
Blacks and whites differ on the extent to which a person’s race can be a burden or a benefit. For blacks, the answer is clear: 65% say “it is a lot more difficult to be black in this country than it is to be white.” Fewer than half as many whites (27%) agree.