Poll: Americans See GOP As More Extreme, Dems As More Bipartisan

American election campaign fight as Republican Versus Democrat as two boxing gloves with the elephant and donkey symbol stitched fighting for the vote of the United states for an election win. (Lightspring/Shutterstock)
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January 27, 2014 11:56 am
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Americans view Democrats as more willing to work across party lines and Republicans as more extreme in their beliefs, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center.

Asked to chose which party was more extreme in its positions, 54 percent of Americans picked the GOP, while 35 percent selected the Democrats. On the question of who was more willing to work with the other party, 52 percent pegged the Democrats, and 27 percent deemed Republicans more bipartisan.

On the ultimate question, though, of who could better manage the federal government, Americans were evenly divided: 41 percent said the Democrats, and 40 percent said the Republicans.

The poll respondents self-identified their party affiliation as: 21 percent Republican, 31 percent Democratic and 41 percent independent.

The poll, conducted from Jan. 15 to 19, surveyed 1,504 U.S. adults. It has a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.

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