How we examined public attitudes about the tone of U.S. political debate
We explored how Americans feel about the tenor of debate in the country in a recent major survey about U.S. political disource. Here's how we did it.
The Growing Partisan Divide in Views of Higher Education
Americans see value in higher education whether they graduated from college or not. Even so, there is an undercurrent of dissatisfaction – even suspicion – among the public about the role colleges play in society.
Democrats and Republicans differ over role and value of scientists in policy debates
Most Democrats think scientists should take an active role in policy debates, while 56% of Republicans say they should focus on establishing sound scientific facts.
Partisan gap widens in views of the Supreme Court
Three-quarters of Republicans have a favorable opinion of the Supreme Court, compared with only about half of Democrats.
Trust and Distrust in America
Many Americans think declining trust in the government and in each other makes it harder to solve key problems. They have a wealth of ideas about what’s gone wrong and how to fix it.
Republicans have doubts that colleges, K-12 schools are open to range of viewpoints
Republicans are less likely than Democrats to see colleges and K-12 public schools as open to a range of viewpoints.
Americans say the nation’s political debate has grown more toxic and ‘heated’ rhetoric could lead to violence
Many Americans say the tone and nature of political debate in the United States has become more negative in recent years.
Growing share of Republicans say U.S. risks losing its identity if it is too open to foreigners
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.”
Stark partisan divisions in Americans’ views of ‘socialism,’ ‘capitalism’
Republicans express intensely negative views of “socialism” and very positive views of “capitalism.” Majorities of Democrats view both terms positively.
Republicans see a national political climate comfortable for Democrats, but less so for GOP
When Republicans assess the climate for political discourse, they see a more hospitable environment for Democrats than for members of their own party.
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