Pew Poll: Democrats More Bipartisan, GOP More Extreme

Monday, 27 Jan 2014 04:49 PM

By Courtney Coren

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Democrats are more willing to work with those across the aisle than Republicans, and they have a better understanding of the plight of the average American than those in the GOP, while Republicans are more extreme, a new poll finds.

Fifty-two percent of Americans say that Democrats are more willing to work with Republicans, while only 27 percent think Republicans are willing to work with Democrats, according to the latest poll from the Pew Research Center, taken Jan. 15-19 of 1,504 adults.

The same percentage said that Democrats are more concerned with the needs of people like themselves, compared to only 32 percent who said the same of those in the GOP.

The positions of Republicans are also considered more extreme by 54 percent to 35 percent than those of the Democrats, and the Democrats operate in a more honest and ethical way, 41 percent to 31 percent, while 28 percent say that neither party excels in honesty and ethical behavior.

Forty-seven percent think that Republicans are more influenced by lobbyists and special interests than their Democratic counterparts.

The two parties are split pretty evenly, however, on the question of who can better manage the federal government, with 40 percent of Americans choosing the GOP for the job and 41 percent picking the Democrats.

A larger share of Americans would choose Republicans to handle the economy and the budget deficit, while more would choose Democrats to manage healthcare and poverty issues. They were split on which party they would trust more on taxes and immigration.

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