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.
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.
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.