DIVIDED STATES OF AMERICA: Most Polarized Along Party Lines

POLITICO – October 5, 2017: Americans have rarely been as divided along partisan lines as they are now, according to a new Pew Research Center study that shows the nation’s political cleavages on most issues have widened in the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency.

The gap between Democrats and Republicans continues to expand on questions about the role of government, race, immigration — even where they prefer to live. Each party has become more ideologically homogeneous, and more hostile toward the opinions of members of the other party.

“Partisan divides across political values … [are] wider than at any point in the past,” said Jocelyn Kiley, the associate director for research at the Pew Research Center.

Overall, half of Americans say the government should do more to help the needy, while 43 percent say it can’t afford to do more much. Over the past two decades, the percentage of Americans who want the government to do more has moved in a band between 41 percent (in 2011) and 63 percent (in 2007).

(BATTLEFORWORLD: When Americans vote, not matter what the political party, they always get little help in return and more intervention foreign policy wars. The American…ruling elites are carving out their geopolitical future, which does not include much of the American people social needs.) Link: Read Complete Article

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