Political Polarization, 1994-2017

Pew Research Center’s latest instalment of their ongoing “Political Polarization” survey reveals sharp shifts in political values among Democrats and Republicans.  In particular, views about Islam and violence as approached by Democrats and Republicans has steadily widened over the past few years as a growing share of Democrats, 69%, do not believe that Islam encourages violence more than other religions.  In contrast, the share of Republicans, about two-thirds (65%), say the Islamic religion is more likely to encourage violence among its followers more than other religions.  As a result, the polarization between the two parties on this issue is at an all-time high—and the widening gap is now at a 40 point gap versus an 11 point gap in 2002.

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