Democrats and Republicans are more ideologically divided in 2014 than they were in 2004 or 1994, according to a just-released Pew Research Center report. And, whether you are a Republican or a Democrat—some of your fellow Americans believe you are a threat to the nation’s well-being.
Twenty years ago, the differences between Democrats and Republicans weren’t that great. Now, the gulf is vast and deep. As Pew analysts put it, “Today 92% of Republicans are to the right of the median Democrat, and 94% of Democrats are to the left of the median Republican.” (Here’s an interactive graphic within Pew’s overall report that displays the growth of the chasm.)
Today, 38% of Democrats have an unfavorable view of Republicans—more than double the figure in 1994 when only 16% felt that way. Just over half of Democrats (54%) who are “consistently liberal” have a very unfavorable view of the GOP.
Republicans’ antipathy toward Democrats is even sharper. Forty-three percent of Republicans have an unfavorable view of Democrats, up from only 17% in 1994. And, almost three-quarters of “consistently conservative” Republicans (72%) have a very negative view of Democrats.
Republican dislike of Democrats is so intense that over one-third (36%) say that Democrat policies “are so misguided that they threaten the nation’s well-being,” according to the report. Two-thirds (66%) of “consistently conservative” Republicans feel the same way.
But some Democrats also see the other party as a threat to the nation. Just over one quarter (27%) of Democrats view the Republican Party as a threat to the well-being of the nation, with 50% of those who are “consistently liberal” say the same thing.
Do you believe Democrats or Republicans are threats to the nation’s well-being?
Does deepening political polarization mean more gridlock is inevitable?
Are YOU a threat to the nation’s well-being?
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