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Poll: Political Divisions in the US Getting Wider

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One of many issues the poll found parties divided on is their support for the NRA. (AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 06 September 2017 02:59 PM

Political divisions are getting wider, according to a poll by NBC and the Wall Street Journal released Wednesday.

"Our political compass is totally dominating our economic and world views about the country. Political polarization is not a new thing. The level under Trump is the logical outcome of a generation-long trend," said Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted the poll with Democratic pollster Fred Yang, the Journal reported.

Issues and opinions vary widely between parties, according to some poll results:

  • 42 percent of Republicans support the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, while only 17 percent of Democrats share that opinion.
  • 34 percent of Republicans support the National Rifle Association, while only 4 percent of Democrats do so.
  • 4 percent of Republicans support immediate action to address climate change, while 31 percent of Democrats support action.
  • One percent of Republicans support Black Lives Matter, while 28 percent of Democrats favor the group.
  • 30 percent of Republicans in the poll said they are comfortable with societal changes in recent years, while 77 percent of Democrats have that opinion.

Another question in the poll tracked the job approval of the president by voters in the opposite party. Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower enjoyed 60 percent support from Democrats, then that number shrank until George H.W. Bush, who fell just short of 60 percent support from Democrats. Today, Republican Donald Trump only has around 15 percent of support from Democrats, according to the poll.

The poll also found that Democrats and Republicans are moving further apart on their opinions of various issues. In 2005, for example, the opinion that immigration strengthens the United States was about even between the two parties. Now Republicans have stayed below 50 percent belief in that opinion — and Democrats are at 81 percent in the belief that immigration strengthens the country.

The poll was conducted among 1,200 people from Aug. 5 to 9 with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.82 percentage points, according to the poll report.

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