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America’s polarized views of Trump follow years of growing political partisanship

From the very start of Donald Trump’s presidency, Americans have been divided along partisan lines in their views of him. But partisan divisions in U.S. politics are certainly nothing new.

Do views of Trump represent a change from how past presidents have been seen? How do changes in the country that have occurred in recent decades connect to the way the president is viewed today?

Using Pew Research Center trend data, this video aims to place views of Trump in context. It looks at partisanship in America over time and shows how the nation’s growing partisan divide can be seen across a range of attitudes: from immigration, to the economy, to views of the president.