Common Ground Amidst Wide Partisan Gaps

Common Ground Amidst Wide Partisan Gaps

In the midst of partisan gridlock in Washington, there is evidence that Democrats and Republicans could make progress on a few key issues where there is shared concern. A recent Pew Research Center Survey (January 2019) asked partisans what the top priority for the President and Congress should be this year. Listed below are the issues where Republicans and Democrats had the most agreement: 

Issue

Democrats

Republicans

Net Difference

Jobs

50%

52%

+2%

Social Security

65%

68%

+3%

Drug Addiction

53%

46%

-7%

Transportation

48%

41%

-7%

Budget Deficit

44%

54%

-10%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Democrats and Republicans are most alike in their prioritization of protecting social security and job creation; and there is still relative agreement on the importance of the drug addiction epidemic and the necessity of fixing our nation’s infrastructure.

And onto the familiar roadblocks, we see the largest partisan divide on climate change—67% of Democrats say it should be a priority but only one in five Republicans agree. Similarly, protection of the environment in general is an issue that is important to almost three quarters of Democrats but less than one third of Republicans. 

Issue

Democrats

Republicans

Net Difference

Climate Change

67%

21%

-46%

Environment

74%

31%

-43%

Military

31%

65%

+34%

Terrorism

53%

83%

+30%

Immigration

40%

68%

+28%


While Democrats and Republicans are as divided as ever on issues regarding the environment, military, and immigration, it appears that there is a possibility for collaboration on issues like job security, social security protection, and infrastructure.

To read more about this study, click here. As always, we invite you to join our voter research conversation on social media with #chismstrat. 

 

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