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51% See Democrats as Party of 'Identity Politics and Victimology'

Monday, June 25, 2018

A Democratic gubernatorial candidate from Wisconsin raised eyebrows last week when he said his party is now made up of warring identity groups that won't assimilate. A sizable number of Democrats - and just over half of all voters - agree.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 51% of Likely U.S. Voters agree with Matt Flynn, a former Wisconsin Democratic state party chairman, that "our party right now ... is pickled in identity politics and victimology. ... There is no assimilation of the party anymore." Just 23% disagree, while slightly more (26%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Even 44% of Democrats agree that their party “is pickled in identity politics and victimology.” Thirty-two percent (32%) don’t agree, but one-in-four Democrats (24%) are undecided. Most Republicans (56%) and unaffiliated voters (53%) say Flynn is right.

Among all voters, 78% believe most politicians these days are more interested in campaigning on what divides us rather than what brings us together. Only 11% feel the opposite is true. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on June 19-20, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Just before President Trump’s inauguration, half of voters (50%) felt America was a more divided nation after the eight years of the Barack Obama presidency. Since Trump’s election, a majority (55%) of voters believe America is more divided, while only 14% think the country is less divided.

If there’s one thing voters across the partisan spectrum strongly agree on, it’s that most politicians these days are more interested in campaigning on what divides the country. Seventy-six percent (76%) of GOP voters believe that to be true, as do 77% of Democrats and 81% of unaffiliated voters.

Men feel more strongly than women that the Democratic party “is pickled in identity politics and victimology.” Voters of all ages tend to agree. Blacks see identity politics even more than whites and other minority voters do.

Fifty-five percent (55%) of those who think most politicians are more interesting in campaigning on what divides us identify Democrats as a party "pickled in identity politics and victimology." Voters who believe most politicians campaign on what brings us together are much less critical of the Democrats.

Among voters who Strongly Disapprove of the job Trump is doing, only 39% think the Democratic party is "pickled in identity politics and victimology," and 34% disagree. Seventy percent (70%) of those who Strongly Approve of president's job performance are critical of Democrats for their failure to assimilate.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of all voters think that, when people move to America from other parts of the world, they should adopt America’s culture, language and heritage.

Despite the highly-publicized #MeToo movement of recent months, most voters don’t think there is more sexual harassment now; they just believe the media is covering it more.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Americans continue to believe that so-called "political correctness" is a problem in America today.

Sixty-one percent (61%) say there are too many Americans dependent on the government for financial aid. 

Democrats still maintain the edge in Rasmussen Reports' weekly Generic Congressional Ballot. 

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