Poll: Americans Divided on Cultural & Economic Issues


Politicians aren’t the only ones who are divided on crucial issues—so too are their constituents, according to the latest poll by NBC News/Wall Street Journal.

Not only are Americans divided on cultural and economic issues, but that division is increasing. Among the issues dividing Democrats and Republicans are religion and same-sex marriage.

Regarding social changes seen in America in recent years, 77% of Democrats are comfortable with them while only 30% of Republicans said the same.

According to the poll, Democrats were twice as likely to say they don’t attend church services.

The traditional definition of marriage—between a man and a woman—drew support from 42% of Republicans and a mere 17% of Democrats.

Geography and education played a part in poll results as well. Those without a four-year college degree, along with those living in rural areas of the country, felt negative about the economy. They were also more conservative on social issues.

The poll also touched on the local economy. For urban residents, 57% felt optimistic, whereas 43% of rural residents were optimistic about their own local economy.

Where does President Trump fit in? His election seemed to improve attitudes among the GOP. Back in 2014, 88% of Republicans had said they weren’t confident that their children’s lives would be better than their own. Now, 46% of Republicans polled said they lacked that same confidence.

NBC News/Wall Street Journal conducted the poll between August 5 and August 9, 2017. There were 1,200 participants, producing a margin of error of +/- 2.82 percentage points.

Source: The Hill

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