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U.S. political polarizaton hits 20-year high

Since 1994, significantly more Republicans and Democrats have “very unfavorable” attitudes towards members of the opposite party and feel they’re a threat to the nation’s well-being.

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 12:51 p.m.

A new study found Republicans and Democrats are more ideologically divided than at any point in the last 20 years.

The findings comes from Pew Research Center, which recently published an in-depth report on Americans’ changing political attitudes.

The study found the percentage of Democrats who have “very unfavorable” attitudes about Republicans rose from 16 percent to 38 percent from 1994 to 2014.

The percentage of Republicans with “very unfavorable” attitudes towards Democrats rose from 17 percent to 43 percent in the same time frame, according to the study.

The study also found that 27 percent of Democrats see the Republican party as a threat to the nation’s well-being, and 36 percent of Republicans feel the same way toward Democrats.

Why do you think political views have become so polarized? Have your own political beliefs changed or intensified in recent years?

A Rising Tide of Mutual Antipathy


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