Many Americans say the tone and nature of political debate in the United States has become more negative in recent years.
Today, 57% of Republicans say that if the U.S. is too open to people from around the world, “we risk losing our identity as a nation.”
Republicans express intensely negative views of “socialism” and very positive views of “capitalism.” Majorities of Democrats view both terms positively.
When Republicans assess the climate for political discourse, they see a more hospitable environment for Democrats than for members of their own party.
Republicans and Democrats set higher standards for politicians in the other party than in their own when it comes to respect and compromise.
Republicans and Democrats are particularly divided on how closely they connect made-up news to the news media or to President Trump.
France stands out from other Western European countries for its broad discontent toward the news media. About a third of adults say they trust the news media, including just 4% who say they have a lot of trust
The public’s views of Donald Trump have changed little over the course of his presidency – and this is the case for opinions about whether Trump has done enough to distance himself from white nationalist groups.
There are partisan divisions over certain aspects of local news reporting, including whether local journalists should express views on local issues.
When Americans peer 30 years into the future, they see a country in decline economically, politically and on the world stage.