The cultural rifts in the United States are emblematic of significant political disparities, especially concerning issues such as racism, LGBTQ rights, and the fundamental objectives of our society, according to a recent NBC News poll.
The survey found that half of Americans, as well as three-quarters of Republicans, believe that society should be promoting greater reverence for traditional values. Conversely, only 42% of all respondents, but 67% of Democrats, believe that society should encourage greater acceptance of individuals with varying lifestyles and backgrounds.
Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt, who collaborated with GOP researcher Bill McInturff on the poll, believes that these figures reflect a considerable partisan divide within the country.
“The survey revealed a country on fire, seething with anger at our political leaders and too often at each other,” said Horwitt. He added that the numbers showed the country was “divided on these questions politically, and often [by] ethnicity and generation.”
The latest poll by NBC News indicates that stark political differences in America manifest in its cultural divides, particularly concerning issues such as racism, LGBTQ rights, and society’s overarching objectives. The results reveal that while 42% of all respondents, but 67% of Democrats, believe society should promote increased tolerance towards individuals from different lifestyles and backgrounds, half of Americans, and three in four Republicans, think society should focus on promoting more respect for traditional values.
According to Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt, who conducted the poll with GOP researcher Bill McInturff, these figures reflect a significant partisan divide in the country.
The numbers also highlight disparities in the idea that the country judges people based on the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.
While 53% of white adults agreed with the statement, 79% of Black adults and 61% of Latinos disagreed, and overall, 52% of Americans also disagreed, marking the first time since 2008 that the majority did not support this sentiment.
Furthermore, the poll demonstrated that Democrats and Republicans have opposing views on the definition of the term “woke” and issues concerning transgender rights. Specifically, 48% of respondents believed that the country has become too accepting of transgender people, while 43% thought that it had not done enough to end discrimination against them.
Unsurprisingly, the results aligned with the respondents’ political leanings, with 79% of Republicans agreeing with the former view and 76% of Democrats with the latter. Though only 28% of respondents knew someone who identified as transgender, 67% of those individuals believed that society still has a long way to go in accepting transgender individuals.