Democrats and Republicans agree on one thing: both of their parties have developed deep internal divides, according to a new poll from NBC News/SurveyMonkey.
Democrats, Republicans and independent voters were asked about the unity of both major political parties. Most agreed that the parties are divided now, and will likely still be divided beyond 2018, though members are more optimistic about their own groups.
- Twenty-four percent of Republicans, 15 percent of independents and 7 percent of Democrats said the GOP is united now.
- Fifty-one percent of Republicans, 22 percent of independents and 13 percent of Democrats said it's currently divided but will unite by 2018.
- Twenty-four percent of Republicans, 57 percent of independents and 77 percent of Democrats said it's divided now and won't unite by 2018.
- Twenty percent of Republicans, 25 percent of independents and 40 percent of Democrats said Democrats are united now.
- Fourteen percent of Reps, 25 percent of Inds., and 38 percent of Dems. said it's currently divided but will unite by 2018.
- Sixty-three percent of Republicans, 44 percent of independents and 20 percent of Democrats said it's divided now and won't unite by 2018.
President Donald Trump fueled speculation that Republicans have fractured by tweeting his intent to "fight" the Freedom Caucus, made up of conservative Republicans, along with Democrats.
The poll also showed that most Americans think Democrats in the Senate should accept a vote on Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, but that Trump's job approval has dropped to 42 percent.
NBC News/SurveyMonkey polled 7,675 adults from March 24-28, with a margin of error of +/-1.7 percentage points.
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