Current dating trends
But Republicans and Democrats remain far apart in their fundamental attitudes toward government, national security, social values, and even in evaluations of personal finances.
Three-in-four (74%) Republicans with annual incomes of less than ,000 say they are “pretty well satisfied” with their financial conditions compared with 40% of Democrats and 39% of independents with similar incomes.
In 2002, the country was equally divided along partisan lines: 43% identified with the Republican Party or leaned to the GOP, while an identical proportion said they were Democrats.
Instead, it is the Republican Party that has rapidly lost public support, particularly among political independents.
The poll finds greater public acceptance of homosexuality and less desire for women to play traditional roles in society.
Both represent a continuation of trends that have been apparent over the past 20 years, and have occurred mostly among older people.
In addition, political differences in levels of religious commitment are larger now than in years past.
Republicans are at least as religious as they were 10 or 20 years ago, based on the numbers expressing belief in God, citing prayer as important, and other measures.