There are multiple issues that divide Republicans and Democrats — and they are both economic and social. For example, in this week’s Economist/YouGov Poll (Week of 2/4/2012), 64% of GOP voters think abortion should be mostly or always illegal. 69% of Democratic voters think it should be mostly or always legal. When it comes to making same-sex marriage legal, 67% of GOP voters oppose that, 54% of Democratic voters are in favor.
On economic questions, the gap is also wide. 80% of Democratic voters want to increase taxes on families with incomes over $250,000 a year. 54% of GOP voters would not.
In addition, a majority of GOP voters oppose providing a legal way for illegal immigrants in the U.S. to become citizens; nearly half of Democratic voters favor that. Even global warming divides the parties. Two in three GOP voters think global warming is not a serious problem. 83% of Democratic voters think it is.
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