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Data from Eisenhower through George H. Because some earlier data did not include partisan leaning, Republicans and Democrats in this graphic do not include leaners.
Today, more issues cleave along partisan lines than at any point since surveys began to track public opinion. Beginning aroundhowever, they began to diverge.
And the gap has only grown wider since then: Democrats today are more than twice as likely as Republicans to say that immigrants strengthen the country. Gun control has long been a partisan issue, with Democrats considerably more likely than Republicans to say it is more important to control gun ownership than protect gun rights.
But what was a percentage-point gap between supporters of Obama and John McCain on this question in surged to a historic point gap between Clinton and Trump supporters in Climate change marks another area where the parties are deeply divided.
Wide partisan divides stretch from the causes and cures for climate change to trust in climate scientists and their research. This compares with more than half of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents.
Americans felt disillusioned with the way Washington responded to the financial meltdown of Against a backdrop of global terrorism — including several attacks on American soil — Americans also became less confident in the ability of their government to handle threats.
Americans also had serious concerns about privacy, though the government was not the sole focus of skepticism in this respect. During the Obama years, Americans were highly skeptical their personal information would remain private and secure, regardless of whether it was the government or the private sector that collected it.
In a survey, fewer than one-in-ten Americans said they were very confident that each of 11 separate entities — ranging from credit card companies to email providers — would keep their records private and secure. Our place in the world Photo credit: In Germany, favorability of the U.
In the United Kingdom, confidence in the U. The Obama bump was most dramatic in Western Europe, but was also evident in virtually every country surveyed between and Russian views of the U. Americans, meanwhile, have become less certain of their place in the world. The share of Americans who say it would be better if the U.
Roughly half of Americans say U. About half of Americans say the U. How we interact Photo credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza Smartphones and social media If demographic changes are slow, technological changes can be swift.
In the new millennium, major technology revolutions have occurred in broadband connectivity, social media use and mobile adoption. With the rise of Facebook, Twitter and other apps, social media use climbed to about three-quarters of online adults by Obama also helped usher in the rise of digital video in politics, sharing his weekly address through the White House YouTube channel.The apparent front runner, incumbent Vice President Al Gore of Tennessee, only faced one candidate in the primaries, U.S.
Senator Bill Bradley of New Jersey. Both men campaigned to succeed the and nominee, term . On March 7, , Governor George W. Bush of Texas won a majority of pledged delegates for the Republican nomination for President of the United States, and became the presumptive nominee.
On July 25, , Bush announced former Representative and Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney as his vice-presidential running mate, at an event . The American Presidency Project contains the most comprehensive collection of resources pertaining to the study of the President of the United States.
Compiled by John Woolley and Gerhard Peters. Video: Presidential Election of Issues, Candidates & Summary The presidential election led to James Polk being elected the 11th President of the United States.
It was a close election. If no vice-presidential candidate receives the required number of electoral votes, the a. second-highest vote getter for president becomes the vice president.
b. Senate chooses the vice president, with each senator casting one vote. c. House of Representatives chooses the vice president, with each state delegation casting only a single vote.
The U.S. presidential election of November 7, , was one of the closest in history. As returns were counted on election night it became clear that the outcome in the state of Florida would determine the next president.