The public is more divided over partisan politics than ever before as Americans view their political opponents in an increasingly negative light.
Both Democrats and Republicans are more likely to attribute negative portrayals of their opponents today than ever before, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. The level of intense animosity between partisans has only increased since President Trump took office in 2017.
Over 60 percent of Republican voters said Democrats are more closed-minded, and even unpatriotic, compared with other Americans, the Pew survey found. And 55 percent of GOP respondents said Democrats are immoral, and 46 percent called them lazy.
It’s just as bad across the aisle. Among Democrats, 75 percent said Republicans are closed-minded, and 47 percent called GOP voters immoral. More than a third of voters on both sides — 36 percent of Republicans and 38 percent of Democrats — said those who belong to the opposing party are unintelligent.
Fifty-three percent of Republicans and 45 percent of Democrats said the other party has almost no good ideas. Sixty-one percent of Republicans and 54 percent of Democrats said partisans on the other side do not share many of their other values and goals.
Those numbers have risen across the board from 2016, the last time Pew conducted a survey of partisan attitudes. The number of Republicans who see Democrats as immoral has jumped 8 percentage points in three years; the number of Democrats who see Republicans as immoral is up 12 points.
Both sides acknowledge the problem and said they are concerned. Where Americans once saw only minor divisions between the two parties, today 55 percent say there are major differences between what the Democratic and Republican parties stand for.
Eighty-three percent of Republicans, 88 percent of Democrats and 81 percent of Americans said they are somewhat or very concerned by divisions between the two parties. And 73 percent of Americans said the two parties don’t only disagree about politics and policies, they cannot agree on basic facts either.