Poll: Voter Partisanship Soars - The Daily Beast



Poll: Voter Partisanship Soars

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A new poll released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center shows American voters are more divided than ever when it comes to political ideology. The poll, which began in 1987, marks an 18-point disparity in value-related
 issues between Republicans and Democrats, up from just 11 percent in 2003. The poll has jumped in recent years: in 2009 it was 16 percent before reaching its highest level this year. One pollster said that “the
 parties are more polarized than” ever before in the 25 years of the poll. The poll also showed that a growing number of Americans identify as independents (38 percent) compared to Democrats (32 percent) or Republicans
 (24 percent).