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Rank-and-File More Moderate than Expected—In Both Parties

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The Wall Street Journal conducted an August poll meant to show the two parties as hopelessly divided, but the actual results of the survey indicate that most people on both sides lean toward the cautious center.

Despite the strident activists who rally behind the slogan “Black Lives Matter” only 28 percent of self-identified Democrats describe themselves as “supporters” of that movement. Meanwhile, Al Gore must feel heart-broken that less than a third of Democrats want “immediate action to address climate change.”

Meanwhile, despite the GOP’s backing of gun rights, only 34 percent of Republicans say they support the NRA, and only a minority favor “the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.” Meanwhile, nearly half of Republicans—and 80 percent of Democrats—agree that “immigration strengthens the US.”

Sure, the parties differ on most issues, but this survey demonstrates that the rank-and-file of both parties is more moderate than the activists and true-believers of the partisan base.

 

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