PublicationsNovember 5, 2018

More Now Say It’s ‘Stressful’ to Discuss Politics With People They Disagree With

Over the past two years, Americans have become more likely to say it is “stressful and frustrating” to have political conversations with those they disagree with. The change in opinions has come largely among Democrats: 57% now say that talking about politics with people they disagree with is stressful and frustrating, up from 45% two […]

PublicationsMay 3, 2018

Trump Viewed Less Negatively on Issues, but Most Americans Are Critical of His Conduct

A majority of Americans find little or no common ground with Donald Trump on issues, but the share who say they agree with him on many or all issues has risen since last August.

PublicationsApril 26, 2018

The Public, the Political System and American Democracy

Survey Report At a time of growing stress on democracy around the world, Americans generally agree on democratic ideals and values that are important for the United States. But for the most part, they see the country falling well short in living up to these ideals, according to a new study of opinion on the […]

PublicationsMarch 22, 2018

Positive Views of Economy Surge, Driven by Major Shifts Among Republicans

Americans’ views of national economic conditions continue to improve, with the share saying the economy is in good or excellent condition now at its highest point in nearly two decades. The overall rise in positive assessments seen over the last year is driven by the shifting views of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. Nearly three-quarters of […]

InteractivesMarch 20, 2018

Party Identification Trends, 1992-2017

Pew Research Center has been tracking the party affiliation of the general public for over 20 years. Click the buttons or scroll down to explore the party ID data for two dozen demographic subgroups, categorized by gender, race, education, generation, and religious affiliation.

PublicationsDecember 18, 2017

Sharing the News in a Polarized Congress

Political divides in the American news landscape do not end with Americans’ preferences for different news sources; rather, they extend to how members of the U.S. Congress communicate with constituents in the digital age.

InteractivesOctober 20, 2017

Political Polarization, 1994-2017

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.

PublicationsOctober 5, 2017

The Partisan Divide on Political Values Grows Even Wider

Gaps between Republicans and Democrats over racial discrimination, immigration and poverty assistance have widened considerably in recent years.

PublicationsApril 17, 2017

Public Dissatisfaction With Washington Weighs on the GOP

While the party retains its advantage over the Democrats on handling terrorism, it has lost ground on immigration and foreign policy, and 68% of the public sees the Republican Party as “mostly divided.”

PublicationsFebruary 16, 2017

In First Month, Views of Trump Are Already Strongly Felt, Deeply Polarized

Less than a month after Donald Trump took office, the public’s initial impressions of the new president are strongly felt, deeply polarized and far more negative than positive. The latest national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted Feb. 7-12 among 1,503 adults, finds that Trump’s overall job approval is much lower than those of prior […]

PublicationsNovember 10, 2016

A Divided and Pessimistic Electorate

Survey report Beyond their disagreements over specific policy issues, voters who supported President-elect Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton also differed over the seriousness of a wide array of problems facing the nation, from immigration and crime to inequality and racism. And while voters generally said little progress has been made over the last eight years […]

PublicationsAugust 3, 2016

Few Clinton or Trump Supporters Have Close Friends in the Other Camp

In an increasingly contentious presidential campaign, just a quarter of voters who support Donald Trump in the general election say they have a lot or some close friends who are supporters of Hillary Clinton. Even fewer Clinton backers (18%) say they have at least some friends who support Trump.

PublicationsJune 22, 2016

Partisanship and Political Animosity in 2016

The 2016 campaign is unfolding against a backdrop of intense partisan division and animosity. Partisans’ views of the opposing party are now more negative than at any point in nearly a quarter of a century.

PublicationsApril 26, 2016

A Wider Ideological Gap Between More and Less Educated Adults

Two years ago, Pew Research Center found that Republicans and Democrats were more divided along ideological lines than at any point in the previous two decades. But growing ideological distance is not confined to partisanship. There are also growing ideological divisions along educational and generational lines.

PublicationsMarch 31, 2016

Campaign Exposes Fissures Over Issues, Values and How Life Has Changed in the U.S.

The 2016 presidential campaign has exposed deep disagreements between – and within – the two parties on a range of major policy issues.

PublicationsOctober 17, 2014

Political Polarization in Action: Insights into the 2014 Election from the American Trends Panel

Survey Report The Pew Research Center has developed a new tool for looking at the 2014 elections – a panel survey that enables us to check in with the same representative group of Americans several times during the course of the campaign. This survey includes far more information about respondents than is found in a […]

PublicationsJune 12, 2014

Political Polarization in the American Public

Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan acrimony is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in recent history. And these trends manifest themselves in myriad ways, both in politics and in everyday life.

PublicationsJune 4, 2012

Partisan Polarization Surges in Bush, Obama Years

As Americans head to the polls this November, their values and basic beliefs are more polarized along partisan lines than at any point in the past 25 years. Unlike in 1987, when this series of surveys began, the values gap between Republicans and Democrats is now greater than gender, age, race or class divides. […]