A new poll released Monday confirms a fact of which most Americans are well aware: Voters have grown sharply divided along partisan lines over the last quarter-century.
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But the poll is striking in its revelation that party affiliations divide Americans more than any other mitigating factor, including gender, class, age and race.
The 25th anniversary edition of the Pew Research Center's American Values Project, the longest-running study the polling firm conducts, offers a wide-ranging look at the values, trends, partisanship and demographics that have permeated public life in the United States since 1987. Tracking public opinion on 48 political values, Pew's survey reveals that Americans have grown increasingly divided along party lines over the last 25 years -- while the divides based on gender, class, age and race have remained static.
"I don't think we're going to surprise many people in showing how polarized this nation has become on party lines," Michael Dimock, associate director of research at Pew, told TPM. "What's surprising is how stable the nation is in so many other ways."