Carroll Doherty, director of political research at the Pew Research Center, speaking at our Generations in the Next America event about Millennials and politics. Follow our live blog.
Half of Millennials call themselves independent, versus 27% Democrats and 17% Republicans. But when you include those who “lean” toward one party or another, half identify with the Democratic Party versus 34% for the Republican Party.
65% of Americans say the gap between the rich and everyone else has widened in the past decade, according to a new Pew Research Center survey, and nearly seven-in-ten Americans said the government should do “a lot” (43%) or “some” (26%) to reduce the gap.
In a November Allstate/National Journal poll, only 45% of Americans said paying for a college education would be “very” or “somewhat” realistic given their current financial situation; 47% said it would be “not very” or “not at all” realistic.
More than half (54%) of Americans disapprove of Obama’s signature health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, according to a Pew Research survey from December; 41% said they approved of the law. Nearly half (48%) said the law would make the nation’s health care situation worse in the long run, 35% said it would make it better, and 12% said it wouldn’t make much difference either way.