Half of Americans say using military force against countries that may seriously threaten the U.S. – but have not attacked it – can often or sometimes be justified.
Pew Research Center’s political typology sorts Americans into cohesive, like-minded groups based on their values and beliefs, as well as their partisan affiliation. Use this tool to compare the groups on key topics and their demographics.
Today, 68% say the U.S. is less respected by other countries than it was in the past.
While eight-in-ten Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say that whether someone is a man or a woman is determined by the sex they were assigned at birth, most Democrats and Democratic leaners (64%) take the opposite view and say a person’s gender can be different from the sex they were assigned at birth.
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.
The interactive chart below illustrates the shift in the American public’s political values over the past two decades, using a scale of 10 questions asked together on seven Pew Research Center surveys since 1994.
While Americans are less likely than in the past to hold a mix of conservative and liberal view, ideological consistency is increasingly associated with partisanship.
In the week after the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas, partisan differences were on full display in how elected officials responded on Facebook.
Most Democrats are dissatisfied with the nation's progress on gender equality, while more than half of Republicans say it has been about right.
Gaps between Republicans and Democrats over racial discrimination, immigration and poverty assistance have widened considerably in recent years.