Key takeaways on Americans’ growing partisan divide over political values

Across 10 political values Pew Research Center has tracked since 1994, there is now an average 36-percentage-point gap between Republicans and Republican-leaning independents and Democrats and Democratic leaners.

Democrats have moved left on several issues.

The partisan gap also is widening over how much the government should do to help the needy.

Democrats are more likely than Republicans to favor an active global role for the U.S.

Republicans are divided over issues of economic fairness.

Democrats are split on whether hard work leads to success.

Support for societal acceptance of homosexuality is at a record high.

Trump’s job ratings are more polarized than past presidents’.



Partisan Shifts in Views of the Nation, but Overall Opinions Remain Negative

Just 26% say ‘their side’ wins more often than it loses in politics

Among members of both parties, more say prospects for the next generation will be worse than better. Among Republicans, 46% say the future for the next generation will be worse, while 30% say it will be better..Democrats, who were divided on the next generation’s prospects a year ago, have become more negative: 50% say the next generation’s future will be worse (up from 35% last year), while 27% say it will better (down from 35%).

Since Trump’s Election, Increased Attention to Politics – Especially Among Women

Most find it stressful to talk politics with those who differ on Trump

Democrats are about three times as likely as Republicans to say they have attended a political event (22% vs. 7%). Among Democrats, there are gender, age, race and education differences in the shares saying they have participated in a political event, rally or protest.

The survey also finds that, despite the nation’s deep political divisions, majorities of both Republicans (56%) and Democrats (59%) say that even though people in the opposing party feel differently about politics, they share “many of my other values and goals.”