Republicans and Democrats set higher standards for politicians in the other party than in their own when it comes to respect and compromise.
Republicans who did not agree with the tea party during Obama era were somewhat less likely to remain affiliated with GOP years later. Republicans who had positive views of the tea party movement in 2014 or 2015 were among Trump’s most enthusiastic backers during the 2016 campaign.
Partisan divides in America are as wide as they’ve ever been in the modern political era. But what about those who identify as independents?
Most independents are not all that “independent” politically. And the small share of Americans who are truly independent stand out for their low level of interest in politics.