Poll: Republicans seen as more extreme, Democrats as more bipartisan


Democrats hold a sizable advantage on Republicans on several key perceptions of the United States's two major political parties, according to a new poll.

The Pew Research Center poll show Americans perceive Democrats as more willing to work with the other party than Republicans, by a margin of 52 percent to 27 percent.

Democrats also hold a 20-point advantage when it comes to which party "is more concerned with the needs of people like me" and a 10-point edge when it comes to governing in a more ethical and honest way.

The GOP, meanwhile, is viewed as much more "extreme" in its issue positions (54-35) and more influenced by lobbyists (47-30).

In other words, all five measures favor Democrats by a significant margin.

Despite all of this, though, the two parties are virtually deadlocked when it comes to who can better manage the government, with 41 percent saying it's the Democrats and 40 percent pointing to the GOP.

And recent polling on the "generic ballot" — i.e. which party do you intend to vote for in the next congressional election — has also been very close.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix, the Post’s top political blog.
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