Are democrats and republicans afraid of each other?

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Are democrats and republicans afraid of each other? According to a recent Pew research poll, a large proportion of democrats and republicans certainly are. As the Pew Research Center explains

Pew antipathy July 3 2016 For the first time in surveys dating to 1992, majorities in both parties express not just unfavorable but very unfavorable views of the other party. And today, sizable shares of both Democrats and Republicans say the other party stirs feelings of not just frustration, but fear and anger.

More than half of Democrats (55%) say the Republican Party makes them “afraid,” while 49% of Republicans say the same about the Democratic Party. Among those highly engaged in politics – those who say they vote regularly and either volunteer for or donate to campaigns – fully 70% of Democrats and 62% of Republicans say they are afraid of the other party.

And so it is fear, anger, and frustration that is driving modern American discourse. As Pew’s research further illustrates, 47 percent of democrats say the republicans cause them to be angry while 46 percent of republicans say the same thing about democrats. In addition, 58 percent of democrats say the republicans cause them frustration while 57 percent of republicans say the same thing about democrats. And these feelings intensify as political engagement increases.

For example, if a democrat is highly engaged in the political process, then he or she exhibits greater fear, anger, and frustration because of republicans. And of course, the same is true for highly engaged republicans.

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