The crisis worked against McCain, whom many voters associated with the unpopular policies of the administration, and worked for the highly charismatic Obama, whose campaign from its outset had been based on the theme of sweeping political change. In she and Barack Sr.
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.Learn more about President Barack Obama's family background, education and career, including his election win.
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