Division and animosity between the two political parties in the U.S. has deepened. Most partisans view the other side as ‘closed-minded’; Republicans see Democrats as ‘unpatriotic.'
Partisans have different levels of confidence when it comes to the type of personnel who hold government jobs – presidential appointees or career employees.
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.
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.
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.
Three-quarters of Republicans have a favorable opinion of the Supreme Court, compared with only about half of Democrats.
Americans continue to have positive views of the nation’s economy, though views are split by party. Most Republicans and half of Democrats rate their personal finances positively.
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 are less likely than Democrats to see colleges and K-12 public schools as open to a range of viewpoints.
Many Americans say the tone and nature of political debate in the United States has become more negative in recent years.