The U.S. political landscape is dominated by partisanship, but there are divisions within both partisan coalitions on such issues as immigration, America’s “openness” and the size and scope of government.
Our surveys conducted in June and July found little common ground among Republicans and Democrats on fundamental values. Here are eight takeaways.
More Republicans offer a cold than warm view of college professors when asked to rate them on a “feeling thermometer.”
The share of Democrats who describe their political views as liberal has steadily risen and is now 20 percentage points higher than in 2000.
The share of Americans who say racism is a “big problem” in society has increased 8 percentage points in the past two years – and has roughly doubled since 2011.
Republicans and Democrats find rare common ground on some gun policy proposals in the U.S., but there are sharp partisan differences on other issues.
U.S. veterans, who broadly supported Donald Trump in the 2016 election, have remained positive about the job he is doing as president.
Over a 15-month period encompassing the 2016 presidential campaign, about 10% of Republicans and Democrats “defected” from their parties to the opposing party.
Americans’ support for free trade agreements, which fell sharply during the 2016 presidential campaign, has rebounded modestly. The partisan gap in views of trade agreements remains substantial.
Nearly four-in-ten Democrats (39%) name Russia as the country that represents the greatest danger to the United States – the highest percentage expressing this view in nearly three decades.