Talking Politics

How Americans and Germans Communicate in an Increasingly Polarized World

Two Countries Divided

On both sides of the Atlantic, political polarization has been a subject of intense study and debate. We wanted to better understand what this division actually looks like on the ground. Do Americans and Germans speak to people they disagree with? What political topics are considered acceptable for public conversations? What topics are taboo?

Have you done any of the following in the past 3 months?
Spoken to someone from an opposing political party
United States
58.1% Democrats
56.6% Republicans
51.7% Independents
Germany
31.9% Left
32.5% Right
United States
58.9% Millennials
49.2% Gen Xers
47.0% Baby Boomers
Germany
30.2% Millennials
21.2% Gen Xers
26.4% Baby Boomers
United States
54.0% Men
49.1% Women
Germany
33.2% Men
21.3% Women
United States
42.4% Low
58.5% Middle
62.3% High
Germany
22.2% Low
30.6% Middle
40.7% High
United States
55.4% White
36.3% African American
47.0% Hispanic
48.9% Other
Germany
28.4% CDU
33.2% CSU
32.0% SPD
34.6% GRUNE
42.2% FDP
29.7% LINKE
31.9% AfD
US Political Party Democrats Republicans Independents
Yes 58.1% 56.6% 51.7%
No 32.8% 34.6% 38.3%
Don't know 9.1% 8.9% 10.0%
DE Political Leaning Left Right
Yes 31.9% 32.5%
No 58.1% 58.1%
Don't know 10.1% 9.3%
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US Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Yes 58.9% 49.2% 47.0%
No 30.2% 39.8% 43.0%
Don't know 10.9% 11.0% 10.1%
DE Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Yes 30.2% 21.2% 26.4%
No 56.6% 69.4% 63.7%
Don't know 13.2% 9.4% 9.9%
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US Gender Men Women
Yes 54.0% 49.1%
No 34.2% 40.9%
Don't know 11.7% 9.9%
DE Gender Men Women
Yes 33.2% 21.3%
No 57.3% 67.5%
Don't know 9.5% 11.2%
/
US Income Low Middle High
Yes 42.4% 58.5% 62.3%
No 46.4% 31.5% 29.8%
Don't know 11.2% 10.0% 7.8%
DE Income Low Middle High
Yes 22.2% 30.6% 40.7%
No 65.9% 61.2% 50.9%
Don't know 11.9% 8.2% 8.4%
/
Race/Ethnicity (US Only) White African American Hispanic Other
Yes 55.4% 36.3% 47.0% 48.9%
No 34.1% 52.4% 42.0% 40.1%
Don't know 10.5% 11.4% 11.0% 11.1%
/
Full Party Breakdown (DE Only) CDU CSU SPD GRUNE FDP LINKE AfD
Yes 28.4% 33.2% 32.0% 34.6% 42.2% 29.7% 31.9%
No 61.2% 55.7% 58.9% 56.7% 49.3% 58.1% 60.3%
Don't know 10.4% 11.1% 9.1% 8.7% 8.5% 12.2% 7.8%
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Have you done any of the following in the past 3 months?
Spoken with someone you disagree with politically
United States
61.5% Democrats
60.9% Republicans
58.5% Independents
Germany
56.9% Left
55.9% Right
United States
65.0% Millennials
54.8% Gen Xers
52.4% Baby Boomers
Germany
55.8% Millennials
44.6% Gen Xers
48.5% Baby Boomers
United States
59.8% Men
53.3% Women
Germany
56.2% Men
44.3% Women
United States
46.8% Low
63.7% Middle
67.6% High
Germany
42.4% Low
57.1% Middle
61.4% High
United States
60.3% White
39.2% African American
53.2% Hispanic
55.5% Other
Germany
50.7% CDU
55.6% CSU
51.6% SPD
62.3% GRUNE
67.1% FDP
59.6% LINKE
56.2% AfD
US Political Party Democrats Republicans Independents
Yes 61.5% 60.9% 58.5%
No 35.7% 33.5% 36.9%
Don't know 2.8% 5.6% 4.6%
DE Political Leaning Left Right
Yes 56.9% 55.9%
No 37.0% 36.3%
Don't know 6.1% 7.8%
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US Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Yes 65.0% 54.8% 52.4%
No 29.5% 41.2% 43.3%
Don't know 5.5% 4.1% 4.3%
DE Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Yes 55.8% 44.6% 48.5%
No 35.1% 47.8% 43.6%
Don't know 9.1% 7.6% 7.9%
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US Gender Men Women
Yes 59.8% 53.3%
No 35.6% 41.5%
Don't know 4.6% 5.1%
DE Gender Men Women
Yes 56.2% 44.3%
No 35.6% 47.4%
Don't know 8.2% 8.3%
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US Income Low Middle High
Yes 46.8% 63.7% 67.6%
No 47.4% 31.7% 29.9%
Don't know 5.8% 4.7% 2.6%
DE Income Low Middle High
Yes 42.4% 57.1% 61.4%
No 47.9% 36.7% 30.3%
Don't know 9.7% 6.1% 8.2%
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Race/Ethnicity (US Only) White African American Hispanic Other
Yes 60.3% 39.2% 53.2% 55.5%
No 34.4% 56.6% 40.6% 42.0%
Don't know 5.3% 4.2% 6.2% 2.5%
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Full Party Breakdown (DE Only) CDU CSU SPD GRUNE FDP LINKE AfD
Yes 50.7% 55.6% 51.6% 62.3% 67.1% 59.6% 56.2%
No 38.6% 37.2% 40.7% 33.8% 26.8% 34.7% 38.0%
Don't know 10.7% 7.2% 7.8% 3.9% 6.0% 5.8% 5.8%
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Who Can You Talk To?

The majority of Americans and Germans reported having had conversations about politics in the last three months, primarily with friends and family. Germans were more likely to have had conversations about politics with co-workers, while Americans were more likely to have done so on social media.

Have you discussed politics with any of the following in the past 3 months?
US
  • D
  • R
  • I
DE
  • L
  • R
  • Democrats/Left
  • Republicans/Right
  • Independents
US
  • M
  • G
  • B
DE
  • M
  • G
  • B
  • Millennials
  • Gen Xers
  • Baby Boomers
US
  • M
  • W
DE
  • M
  • W
  • Men
  • Women
US
  • L
  • M
  • H
DE
  • L
  • M
  • H
  • Low
  • Middle
  • High
US
  • W
  • B
  • H
  • O
  • White
  • African American
  • Hispanic
  • Other
DE
  • C
  • C
  • S
  • G
  • F
  • L
  • A
  • CDU
  • CSU
  • SPD
  • GRUNE
  • FDP
  • LINKE
  • AfD
US Political Party Democrats Republicans Independents
Family and friends 73.1% 70.7% 63.5%
Co-workers 25.7% 21.3% 21.0%
People in my community 21.8% 17.5% 15.4%
People on social media 20.5% 15.3% 17.2%
None of the above 22.9% 24.8% 32.2%
DE Political Leaning Left Right
Family and friends 72.0% 72.9%
Co-workers 26.7% 31.0%
People in my community 14.8% 19.4%
People on social media 10.5% 12.2%
None of the above 21.3% 16.4%
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US Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Family and friends 73.9% 58.6% 63.2%
Co-workers 36.2% 26.4% 12.4%
People in my community 21.9% 17.2% 13.5%
People on social media 22.5% 18.3% 13.2%
None of the above 22.1% 34.5% 33.2%
DE Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Family and friends 64.2% 63.5% 69.1%
Co-workers 38.5% 32.0% 15.6%
People in my community 14.3% 12.6% 15.0%
People on social media 14.9% 7.2% 5.6%
None of the above 22.7% 30.3% 26.2%
/
US Gender Men Women
Family and friends 64.6% 66.1%
Co-workers 22.6% 20.7%
People in my community 20.0% 15.0%
People on social media 19.6% 14.3%
None of the above 30.2% 30.3%
DE Gender Men Women
Family and friends 66.5% 66.6%
Co-workers 30% 21.9%
People in my community 20.1% 9.9%
People on social media 11.9% 7.5%
None of the above 22.5% 28.5%
/
US Income Low Middle High
Family and friends 56.4% 71.9% 73.5%
Co-workers 14.7% 27.0% 30.7%
People in my community 15.4% 18.9% 21.9%
People on social media 16.5% 17.7% 18.6%
None of the above 37.6% 24.0% 24.2%
DE Income Low Middle High
Family and friends 60.4% 72.8% 74.6%
Co-workers 19.2% 31.3% 45.8%
People in my community 13.1% 15.8% 26.9%
People on social media 9.4% 9.8% 16.0%
None of the above 30.4% 19.8% 16.1%
/
Race/Ethnicity (US Only) White African American Hispanic Other
Family and friends 67.5% 61.5% 61.6% 61.0%
Co-workers 21.4% 17.4% 20.5% 26.0%
People in my community 18.8% 20.1% 15.4% 10.4%
People on social media 16.5% 16.2% 18.4% 18.1%
None of the above 29.0% 31.8% 32.7% 33.0%
/
Full Party Breakdown (DE Only) CDU CSU SPD GRUNE FDP LINKE AfD
Family and friends 66.3% 71.2% 68.3% 79.9% 83.1% 70.5% 75.8%
Co-workers 27.4% 30.6% 22.4% 34.2% 35.5% 26.5% 32.9%
People in my community 14.2% 23.6% 12.6% 15.0% 23.3% 17.5% 21.2%
People on social media 7.1% 12.3% 7.5% 10.1% 11.8% 14.6% 17.9%
None of the above 22.7% 19.3% 24.6% 14.8% 9.0% 22.1% 11.8%
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Have you done any of the following in the past 3 months?
Asked someone about their political party affiliation
United States
18.6% Democrats
14.2% Republicans
14.3% Independents
Germany
33.9% Left
33.8% Right
United States
22.0% Millennials
15.8% Gen Xers
7.4% Baby Boomers
Germany
38.9% Millennials
21.1% Gen Xers
25.7% Baby Boomers
United States
14.0% Men
15.6% Women
Germany
33.6% Men
23.7% Women
United States
14.2% Low
16.9% Middle
13.4% High
Germany
27.0% Low
31.3% Middle
35.5% High
United States
13.5% White
19.4% African American
21.3% Hispanic
13.7% Other
Germany
25.6% CDU
39.1% CSU
28.2% SPD
39.7% GRUNE
35.7% FDP
36.7% LINKE
39.6% AfD
US Political Party Democrats Republicans Independents
Yes 18.6% 14.2% 14.3%
No 80.5% 83.8% 83.9%
Don't know 0.9% 2.1% 1.9%
DE Political Leaning Left Right
Yes 33.9% 33.8%
No 61.0% 61.8%
Don't know 5.1% 4.3%
/
US Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Yes 22.0% 15.8% 7.4%
No 74.9% 82.2% 91.7%
Don't know 3.1% 2.1% 0.9%
DE Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Yes 38.9% 21.1% 25.7%
No 54.4% 74.7% 70.4%
Don't know 6.8% 4.3% 3.9%
/
US Gender Men Women
Yes 14.0% 15.6%
No 84.1% 81.8%
Don't know 1.9% 2.6%
DE Gender Men Women
Yes 33.6% 23.7%
No 61.3% 71.4%
Don't know 5.1% 4.9%
/
US Income Low Middle High
Yes 14.2% 16.9% 13.4%
No 83.3% 81.4% 86.2%
Don't know 2.6% 1.7% 0.4%
DE Income Low Middle High
Yes 27.0% 31.3% 35.5%
No 67.4% 63.7% 62.3%
Don't know 5.5% 5.0% 2.2%
/
Race/Ethnicity (US Only) White African American Hispanic Other
Yes 13.5% 19.4% 21.3% 13.7%
No 84.6% 79.2% 75.9% 82.6%
Don't know 1.9% 1.4% 2.7% 3.7%
/
Full Party Breakdown (DE Only) CDU CSU SPD GRUNE FDP LINKE AfD
Yes 25.6% 39.1% 28.2% 39.7% 35.7% 36.7% 39.6%
No 68.5% 58.2% 66.1% 57.5% 61.8% 57.3% 56.2%
Don't know 6.0% 2.7% 5.7% 2.8% 2.5% 6.0% 4.2%
/
Have you done any of the following in the past 3 months?
Asked someone who they voted for in the most recent election
United States
19.2% Democrats
15.4% Republicans
16.0% Independents
Germany
23.8% Left
25.7% Right
United States
21.9% Millennials
19.8% Gen Xers
9.7% Baby Boomers
Germany
32.8% Millennials
16.6% Gen Xers
14.8% Baby Boomers
United States
16.5% Men
16.0% Women
Germany
23.1% Men
19.5% Women
United States
17.3% Low
17.3% Middle
14.1% High
Germany
23.0% Low
22.0% Middle
24.8% High
United States
14.1% White
24.4% African American
20.7% Hispanic
15.9% Other
Germany
18.0% CDU
19.8% CSU
21.9% SPD
21.9% GRUNE
27.6% FDP
27.5% LINKE
35.9% AfD
US Political Party Democrats Republicans Independents
Yes 19.2% 15.4% 16.0%
No 80.6% 83.6% 82.9%
Don't know 0.2% 1.0% 1.1%
DE Political Leaning Left Right
Yes 23.8% 25.7%
No 72.6% 70.9%
Don't know 3.7% 3.4%
/
US Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Yes 21.9% 19.8% 9.7%
No 75.2% 79.6% 89.9%
Don't know 2.8% 0.6% 0.5%
DE Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Yes 32.8% 16.6% 14.8%
No 61.4% 81.4% 82.0%
Don't know 5.8% 2.0% 3.2%
/
US Gender Men Women
Yes 16.5% 16.0%
No 82.6% 82.1%
Don't know 0.9% 1.9%
DE Gender Men Women
Yes 23.1% 19.5%
No 73.0% 77.6%
Don't know 4.0% 2.9%
/
US Income Low Middle High
Yes 17.3% 17.3% 14.1%
No 81.0% 81.8% 85.9%
Don't know 1.8% 0.9% 0.0%
DE Income Low Middle High
Yes 23.0% 22.0% 24.8%
No 72.5% 75.3% 70.3%
Don't know 4.5% 2.7% 4.9%
/
Race/Ethnicity (US Only) White African American Hispanic Other
Yes 14.1% 24.4% 20.7% 15.9%
No 84.7% 75.1% 77.6% 81.6%
Don't know 1.2% 0.5% 1.6% 2.5%
/
Full Party Breakdown (DE Only) CDU CSU SPD GRUNE FDP LINKE AfD
Yes 18.0% 19.8% 21.9% 21.9% 27.6% 27.5% 35.9%
No 77.7% 73.3% 75.1% 73.6% 71.7% 68.6% 61.8%
Don't know 4.2% 6.9% 3.0% 4.5% 0.7% 3.8% 2.3%
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How many people in your life would know what political party or politicians you tend to vote for?
United States
Democrats
Republicans
Independents
Germany
Left
Right
  • Most or Many
  • Few or None
  • Don’t Know
United States
Millennials
Gen Xers
Baby Boomers
Germany
Millennials
Gen Xers
Baby Boomers
  • Most or Many
  • Few or None
  • Don’t Know
United States
Men
Women
Germany
Men
Women
  • Most or Many
  • Few or None
  • Don’t Know
United States
Low
Middle
High
Germany
Low
Middle
High
  • Most or Many
  • Few or None
  • Don’t Know
United States
White
African American
Hispanic
Other
  • Most or Many
  • Few or None
  • Don’t Know
Germany
CDU
CSU
SPD
GRUNE
FDP
LINKE
AfD
  • Most or Many
  • Few or None
  • Don’t Know
US Political Party Democrats Republicans Independents
Most or Many 57.4% 53.3% 30.2%
Few or None 37.6% 42.5% 60.9%
Don't know 5.0% 4.3% 8.8%
DE Political Leaning Left Right
Most or Many 40.0% 43.9%
Few or None 53.5% 49.6%
Don't know 6.5% 6.5%
/
US Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Most or Many 45.2% 45.5% 43.5%
Few or None 48.2% 45.0% 49.5%
Don't know 6.6% 9.5% 7.0%
DE Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Most or Many 37.0% 28.1% 35.2%
Few or None 55.3% 59.5% 55.6%
Don't know 7.8% 12.4% 9.2%
/
US Gender Men Women
Most or Many 46.1% 42.7%
Few or None 45.8% 50.4%
Don't know 8.2% 6.9%
DE Gender Men Women
Most or Many 39.2% 29.1%
Few or None 52.6% 59.4%
Don't know 8.3% 11.5%
/
US Income Low Middle High
Most or Many 36.6% 48.3% 59.1%
Few or None 54.7% 46.4% 35.7%
Don't know 8.7% 5.3% 5.1%
DE Income Low Middle High
Most or Many 32.2% 38.4% 44.4%
Few or None 56.7% 55.2% 50.5%
Don't know 11.1% 6.4% 5.1%
/
Race/Ethnicity (US Only) White African American Hispanic Other
Most or Many 45.6% 44.7% 36.8% 41.1%
Few or None 47.1% 48.6% 54.7% 50.2%
Don't know 7.2% 6.7% 8.5% 8.6%
/
Full Party Breakdown (DE Only) CDU CSU SPD GRUNE FDP LINKE AfD
Most or Many 42.1% 45.4% 41.5% 42.3% 42.4% 36.4% 46.0%
Few or None 49.3% 48.7% 52.8% 52.1% 51.9% 55.4% 49.0%
Don't know 8.5% 5.9% 5.7% 5.7% 5.7% 8.2% 5.0%
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What Can You Talk About?

Germans felt that it was far more appropriate to talk about issues ranging from immigration to foreign policy and religion. Americans regarded only one of the eleven topics listed as more appropriate for discussion than Germans: 58.6 percent were comfortable discussing LGBTQ and related issues, as compared to 45.6 percent of Germans.

Do you think it is appropriate or inappropriate to talk about the following issues in public settings?
US
  • D
  • R
  • I
DE
  • L
  • R
  • Very or Somewhat Appropriate
  • Very or Somewhat Inappropriate
  • Don’t Know
US
  • M
  • G
  • B
DE
  • M
  • G
  • B
  • Very or Somewhat Appropriate
  • Very or Somewhat Inappropriate
  • Don’t Know
US
  • M
  • W
DE
  • M
  • W
  • Very or Somewhat Appropriate
  • Very or Somewhat Inappropriate
  • Don’t Know
US
  • L
  • M
  • H
DE
  • L
  • M
  • H
  • Very or Somewhat Appropriate
  • Very or Somewhat Inappropriate
  • Don’t Know
US
  • W
  • B
  • H
  • O
  • Very or Somewhat Appropriate
  • Very or Somewhat Inappropriate
  • Don’t Know
DE
  • C
  • C
  • S
  • G
  • F
  • L
  • A
  • Very or Somewhat Appropriate
  • Very or Somewhat Inappropriate
  • Don’t Know
US Political Party Democrats Republicans Independents
Education 92.4% 92.9% 90.7%
Economy 90.9% 92.1% 87.1%
Employment 89.2% 86.7% 84.7%
Immigration 78.8% 79.3% 74.8%
Foreign Policy 77.6% 81.1% 72.3%
Gun Control 83.1% 81.7% 77.6%
Welfare 73.4% 75.2% 72.4%
Feminism 77.8% 58.4% 66.4%
Race/Origin 58.9% 53.2% 54.1%
Abortion 59.7% 55.2% 58.4%
Religion 56.2% 59.8% 53.8%
LGBTQ Issues 70.4% 49.3% 58.6%
US Political Party Democrats Republicans Independents
Education 4.8% 5.1% 5.6%
Economy 6.0% 5.3% 7.7%
Employment 7.7% 10.6% 10.5%
Immigration 15.6% 15.4% 18.2%
Foreign Policy 14.4% 12.8% 16.0%
Gun Control 12.8% 14.9% 17.1%
Welfare 20.8% 20.2% 18.0%
Feminism 16.3% 32.6% 21.7%
Race/Origin 36.6% 41.7% 36.2%
Abortion 34.5% 39.5% 33.7%
Religion 38.8% 35.4% 38.8%
LGBTQ Issues 20.8% 40.4% 29.2%
US Political Party Democrats Republicans Independents
Education 2.9% 2.0% 3.7%
Economy 3.0% 2.5% 5.2%
Employment 3.1% 2.7% 4.8%
Immigration 5.6% 5.3% 7.1%
Foreign Policy 8.0% 6.1% 11.7%
Gun Control 4.1% 3.4% 5.3%
Welfare 5.8% 4.6% 9.7%
Feminism 5.9% 9.0% 11.8%
Race/Origin 4.5% 5.1% 9.7%
Abortion 5.8% 5.3% 7.9%
Religion 4.9% 4.8% 7.4%
LGBTQ Issues 8.8% 10.3% 12.3%
DE Political Leaning Left Right
Education 95.1% 90.6%
Economy 93.9% 90.4%
Employment 92.3% 88.8%
Immigration 89.4% 90.1%
Foreign Policy 91.2% 90.3%
Gun Control 85.3% 84.1%
Welfare 88.6% 86.4%
Feminism 81.1% 72.5%
Race/Origin 78.4% 80.5%
Abortion 76.9% 71.2%
Religion 76.9% 77.1%
LGBTQ Issues 47.6% 46.9%
DE Political Leaning Left Right
Education 4.1% 7.1%
Economy 4.5% 7.6%
Employment 5.9% 8.7%
Immigration 8.3% 7.9%
Foreign Policy 7.1% 7.3%
Gun Control 11.7% 12.7%
Welfare 9.2% 10.1%
Feminism 14.8% 19.3%
Race/Origin 18.6% 15.1%
Abortion 18.4% 24.4%
Religion 19.1% 19.2%
LGBTQ Issues 12.7% 16.0%
DE Political Leaning Left Right
Education 0.9% 2.3%
Economy 1.6% 2.0%
Employment 1.9% 2.5%
Immigration 2.3% 2.0%
Foreign Policy 1.7% 2.3%
Gun Control 3.0% 3.3%
Welfare 2.2% 3.5%
Feminism 4.1% 8.3%
Race/Origin 3.1% 4.4%
Abortion 4.7% 4.4%
Religion 4.0% 3.8%
LGBTQ Issues 39.7% 37.0%
/
US Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Education 90.3% 85.8% 91.0%
Economy 86.1% 84.6% 90.1%
Employment 85.4% 80.5% 87.1%
Immigration 70.5% 69.6% 79.1%
Foreign Policy 70.8% 70.5% 77.6%
Gun Control 77.3% 74.6% 81.7%
Welfare 68.9% 68.8% 75.1%
Feminism 71.8% 63.0% 64.8%
Race/Origin 57.3% 56.6% 54.8%
Abortion 53.0% 57.3% 57.8%
Religion 55.5% 54.6% 56.6%
LGBTQ Issues 67.3% 58.7% 54.0%
US Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Education 4.6% 7.5% 5.4%
Economy 8.4% 7.7% 5.6%
Employment 9.7% 11.7% 9.2%
Immigration 20.9% 20.1% 14.2%
Foreign Policy 17.1% 14.7% 14.0%
Gun Control 16.5% 15.3% 13.9%
Welfare 21.9% 20.6% 19.5%
Feminism 19.5% 22.5% 25.4%
Race/Origin 35.0% 32.6% 39.5%
Abortion 39.8% 32.6% 34.7%
Religion 37.4% 34.7% 37.7%
LGBTQ Issues 22.8% 27.5% 32.1%
US Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Education 5.1% 6.7% 3.5%
Economy 5.5% 7.6% 4.3%
Employment 4.9% 7.8% 3.6%
Immigration 8.6% 10.3% 6.8%
Foreign Policy 12.1% 14.8% 8.4%
Gun Control 6.3% 10.1% 4.4%
Welfare 9.2% 10.6% 5.4%
Feminism 8.7% 14.4% 9.8%
Race/Origin 7.7% 10.8% 5.7%
Abortion 7.2% 10.1% 7.5%
Religion 7.1% 10.7% 5.7%
LGBTQ Issues 9.9% 13.8% 13.9%
DE Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Education 88.8% 92.9% 94.1%
Economy 87.4% 90.7% 94.1%
Employment 86% 89.4% 93.5%
Immigration 82.2% 89.7% 91.9%
Foreign Policy 84.7% 88.8% 92.2%
Gun Control 77.9% 85.3% 87.3%
Welfare 80.2% 86.4% 89.8%
Feminism 72.8% 76.7% 77.0%
Race/Origin 74.7% 77.5% 80.7%
Abortion 71.7% 75.8% 76.0%
Religion 73.0% 73.8% 75.5%
LGBTQ Issues 50.9% 45.3% 43.2%
DE Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Education 8.9% 3.4% 3.6%
Economy 9.4% 5.5% 3.3%
Employment 10.9% 5.7% 4.1%
Immigration 14.4% 5.3% 6.2%
Foreign Policy 11.2% 5.4% 4.9%
Gun Control 17.3% 8.3% 8.4%
Welfare 15.2% 7.6% 6.5%
Feminism 20.6% 13.1% 13.7%
Race/Origin 20.4% 15.0% 14.0%
Abortion 23.0% 17.4% 17.0%
Religion 23.5% 17.5% 18.9%
LGBTQ Issues 17.9% 10.1% 11.8%
DE Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Education 2.3% 3.8% 2.3%
Economy 3.2% 3.8% 2.7%
Employment 3.0% 4.9% 2.3%
Immigration 3.4% 5.0% 2.0%
Foreign Policy 4.1% 5.7% 2.9%
Gun Control 4.7% 6.4% 4.2%
Welfare 4.6% 6.0% 3.7%
Feminism 6.6% 10.2% 9.3%
Race/Origin 4.9% 7.5% 5.3%
Abortion 5.2% 6.8% 6.9%
Religion 3.6% 8.7% 5.6%
LGBTQ Issues 31.2% 44.6% 45.0%
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US Gender Men Women
Education 90.6% 89.0%
Economy 89.1% 86.2%
Employment 85.4% 84.0%
Immigration 78.2% 71.9%
Foreign Policy 78.5% 69.5%
Gun Control 80.3% 76.9%
Welfare 74.7% 68.8%
Feminism 64.0% 68.9%
Race/Origin 57.4% 53.1%
Abortion 60.0% 52.8%
Religion 56.2% 54.9%
LGBTQ Issues 58.2% 58.9%
US Gender Men Women
Education 4.9% 6.0%
Economy 6.0% 8.0%
Employment 9.8% 10.8%
Immigration 14.4% 19.7%
Foreign Policy 12.4% 17.9%
Gun Control 13.6% 16.8%
Welfare 17.5% 23.3%
Feminism 25.0% 21.1%
Race/Origin 35.5% 39.0%
Abortion 30.8% 39.4%
Religion 37.3% 37.1%
LGBTQ Issues 30.2% 27.8%
US Gender Men Women
Education 4.5% 4.9%
Economy 4.9% 5.9%
Employment 4.8% 5.2%
Immigration 7.3% 8.4%
Foreign Policy 9.1% 12.6%
Gun Control 6.0% 6.3%
Welfare 7.8% 7.9%
Feminism 11.0% 10.0%
Race/Origin 7.1% 8.0%
Abortion 9.1% 7.7%
Religion 6.5% 8.0%
LGBTQ Issues 11.5% 13.4%
DE Gender Men Women
Education 90.3% 92.8%
Economy 90.1% 91.1%
Employment 89.5% 89.6%
Immigration 87.1% 87.8%
Foreign Policy 88.8% 87.8%
Gun Control 84.0% 82.0%
Welfare 84.6% 86.0%
Feminism 70.8% 78.2%
Race/Origin 76.2% 77.6%
Abortion 70.5% 75.5%
Religion 73.7% 74.1%
LGBTQ Issues 45.8% 45.4%
DE Gender Men Women
Education 7.1% 4.2%
Economy 7.5% 5.0%
Employment 7.9% 6.0%
Immigration 10.3% 7.9%
Foreign Policy 8.3% 6.9%
Gun Control 11.8% 12.1%
Welfare 10.9% 9.0%
Feminism 20.6% 13.0%
Race/Origin 19.3% 14.9%
Abortion 23.3% 18.1%
Religion 20.6% 19.2%
LGBTQ Issues 17.6% 10.4%
DE Gender Men Women
Education 2.6% 3.0%
Economy 2.3% 3.9%
Employment 2.7% 4.4%
Immigration 2.6% 4.2%
Foreign Policy 2.8% 5.3%
Gun Control 4.2% 5.9%
Welfare 4.5% 5.0%
Feminism 8.6% 8.8%
Race/Origin 4.4% 7.4%
Abortion 6.2% 6.4%
Religion 5.7% 6.6%
LGBTQ Issues 36.6% 44.2%
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US Income Low Middle High
Education 88.0% 91.0% 95.3%
Economy 85.5% 90.2% 90.9%
Employment 83.7% 85.4% 90.2%
Immigration 70.4% 78.5% 79.6%
Foreign Policy 67.7% 77.9% 83.8%
Gun Control 75.3% 81.1% 83.5%
Welfare 70.6% 72.4% 79.1%
Feminism 64.1% 68.5% 74.4%
Race/Origin 54.7% 56.7% 60.2%
Abortion 55.8% 54.8% 68.5%
Religion 56.9% 55.4% 58.7%
LGBTQ Issues 56.6% 59.8% 69.7%
US Income Low Middle High
Education 6.3% 5.6% 2.4%
Economy 7.5% 6.1% 5.7%
Employment 10.6% 10.5% 6.3%
Immigration 19.0% 16.0% 16.4%
Foreign Policy 18.3% 13.8% 10.4%
Gun Control 16.7% 14.4% 13.4%
Welfare 21.4% 20.6% 16.3%
Feminism 22.0% 24.0% 20.5%
Race/Origin 36.2% 37.4% 35.8%
Abortion 33.2% 39.0% 28.4%
Religion 33.3% 39.3% 38.7%
LGBTQ Issues 27.5% 30.7% 24.5%
US Income Low Middle High
Education 5.7% 3.4% 2.3%
Economy 6.9% 3.7% 3.4%
Employment 5.7% 4.1% 3.4%
Immigration 10.6% 5.5% 4.0%
Foreign Policy 14.0% 8.3% 5.8%
Gun Control 8.0% 4.5% 3.1%
Welfare 8.0% 7.0% 4.6%
Feminism 13.9% 7.6% 5.1%
Race/Origin 9.1% 5.9% 4.1%
Abortion 11.1% 6.2% 3.1%
Religion 9.8% 5.3% 2.6%
LGBTQ Issues 15.8% 9.5% 5.8%
DE Income Low Middle High
Education 89.7% 93.3% 93.3%
Economy 88.3% 92.8% 91.2%
Employment 86.3% 92.9% 86.5%
Immigration 85.6% 90.2% 83.3%
Foreign Policy 84.9% 91.0% 93.2%
Gun Control 79.3% 86.2% 79.7%
Welfare 85.1% 86.7% 82.1%
Feminism 70.9% 77.8% 72.0%
Race/Origin 73.3% 80.9% 72.1%
Abortion 68.3% 77.2% 69.8%
Religion 72.7% 76.7% 71.7%
LGBTQ Issues 45.9% 47.2% 47.0%
DE Income Low Middle High
Education 6.7% 5.1% 5.5%
Economy 7.8% 5.1% 6.6%
Employment 9.1% 5.2% 9.3%
Immigration 9.6% 8.2% 14.5%
Foreign Policy 9.1% 7.0% 4.6%
Gun Control 13.5% 11.6% 13.5%
Welfare 9.0% 9.9% 14.6%
Feminism 19.1% 16.3% 20.1%
Race/Origin 18.8% 16.0% 22.4%
Abortion 23.6% 18.7% 24.9%
Religion 20.2% 19.7% 21.9%
LGBTQ Issues 15.5% 12.9% 15.6%
DE Income Low Middle High
Education 3.6% 1.6% 1.2%
Economy 3.9% 2.1% 2.2%
Employment 4.6% 1.9% 4.2%
Immigration 4.8% 1.7% 2.2%
Foreign Policy 5.9% 2.0% 2.2%
Gun Control 7.2% 2.1% 6.8%
Welfare 5.8% 3.5% 3.4%
Feminism 10.0% 5.9% 7.9%
Race/Origin 7.9% 3.2% 5.5%
Abortion 8.1% 4.1% 5.3%
Religion 7.1% 3.6% 6.4%
LGBTQ Issues 38.6% 39.9% 37.4%
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US Race/Ethnicity (US Only) White African American Hispanic Other
Education 90.5% 91.4% 87.6% 87.1%
Economy 89.4% 89.1% 79.4% 82.7%
Employment 85.4% 88.1% 80.7% 81.7%
Immigration 77.7% 74.8% 65.4% 69.6%
Foreign Policy 77.2% 70.6% 61.6% 67.1%
Gun Control 79.2% 81.1% 73.7% 77.1%
Welfare 74.0% 72.1% 61.2% 68.2%
Feminism 66.7% 70.4% 60.8% 65.9%
Race/Origin 52.9% 65.9% 54.0% 57.2%
Abortion 55.4% 60.7% 47.1% 61.9%
Religion 55.0% 63.5% 54.9% 51.8%
LGBTQ Issues 58.2% 62.6% 53.6% 59.3%
US Race/Ethnicity (US Only) White African American Hispanic Other
Education 5.5% 4.9% 6.6% 5.5%
Economy 6.2% 6.3% 13.4% 8.7%
Employment 10.0% 8.2% 13.2% 11.8%
Immigration 15.9% 16.8% 28.5% 17.6%
Foreign Policy 14.6% 16.2% 23.3% 15.3%
Gun Control 15.7% 13.0% 20.1% 12.9%
Welfare 19.3% 23.2% 30.3% 17.4%
Feminism 24.4% 18.1% 29.1% 18.2%
Race/Origin 40.2% 27.7% 37.2% 32.8%
Abortion 37.6% 32.4% 44.2% 23.5%
Religion 38.9% 29.2% 39.3% 36.1%
LGBTQ Issues 31.5% 21.7% 33.7% 22.1%
US Race/Ethnicity (US Only) White African American Hispanic Other
Education 4.0% 3.7% 5.7% 7.3%
Economy 4.4% 4.6% 7.2% 8.6%
Employment 4.6% 3.7% 6.1% 6.5%
Immigration 6.5% 8.3% 6.2% 12.8%
Foreign Policy 8.2% 13.2% 15.1% 17.6%
Gun Control 5.1% 5.9% 6.2% 10.1%
Welfare 6.6% 4.7% 8.5% 14.4%
Feminism 9.0% 11.5% 10.1% 15.9%
Race/Origin 6.9% 6.4% 8.8% 10.0%
Abortion 7.1% 6.9% 8.7% 14.6%
Religion 6.2% 7.3% 5.7% 12.1%
LGBTQ Issues 10.3% 15.6% 12.6% 18.6%
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Full Party Breakdown
(DE Only)
CDU CSU SPD GRUNE FDP LINKE AfD
Education 92.0% 90.7% 94.0% 93.8% 86.9% 97.3% 90.9%
Economy 90.1% 90.7% 93.7% 93.3% 90.5% 94.5% 90.5%
Employment 91.7% 88.5% 92.2% 92.2% 87.9% 92.4% 86.3%
Immigration 88.6% 89.6% 86.5% 92.9% 89.7% 90.4% 92.2%
Foreign Policy 91.0% 88.1% 89.0% 93.1% 91.3% 92.4% 90.2%
Gun Control 82.4% 85.8% 83.2% 88.7% 84.1% 85.5% 85.1%
Welfare 88.9% 81.4% 86.1% 88.5% 86.0% 91.7% 86.0%
Feminism 75.4% 72.8% 79.5% 88.7% 73.5% 77.5% 68.6%
Race/Origin 78.4% 79.1% 78.0% 76.8% 81.8% 80.0% 82.9%
Abortion 70.9% 75.1% 75.9% 79.0% 68.8% 76.7% 70.9%
Religion 77.9% 81.8% 76.6% 73.7% 72.4% 79.6% 76.3%
LGBTQ Issues 42.5% 45.8% 47.9% 47.3% 45.4% 47.5% 53.2%
Full Party Breakdown
(DE Only)
CDU CSU SPD GRUNE FDP LINKE AfD
Education 6.4% 5.7% 4.6% 5.0% 9.3% 2.7% 7.5%
Economy 6.7% 8.5% 4.5% 4.4% 6.7% 4.6% 8.6%
Employment 5.1% 9.7% 5.0% 6.0% 9.4% 6.8% 11.7%
Immigration 9.0% 9.6% 10.3% 5.5% 8.6% 8.0% 5.5%
Foreign Policy 6.0% 11.1% 8.8% 5.8% 5.9% 5.9% 7.8%
Gun Control 13.0% 11.7% 14.4% 8.4% 14.2% 10.8% 12.0%
Welfare 7.5% 16.9% 11.0% 8.0% 8.5% 7.9% 10.6%
Feminism 15.6% 19.5% 15.8% 9.1% 16.7% 17.7% 24.4%
Race/Origin 17.3% 14.9% 18.2% 20.2% 13.0% 17.8% 13.8%
Abortion 24.9% 22.1% 18.1% 19.9% 22.2% 17.6% 26.1%
Religion 18.2% 16.6% 18.8% 23.4% 20.6% 16.2% 20.7%
LGBTQ Issues 14.7% 18.2% 14.6% 11.2% 15.5% 11.5% 16.7%
Full Party Breakdown
(DE Only)
CDU CSU SPD GRUNE FDP LINKE AfD
Education 1.6% 3.6% 1.4% 1.2% 3.8% 0.0% 1.7%
Economy 3.1% 0.8% 1.8% 2.3% 2.8% 0.9% 0.9%
Employment 3.2% 1.8% 2.8% 1.8% 2.8% 0.8% 2.0%
Immigration 2.4% 0.8% 3.2% 1.6% 1.7% 1.7% 2.4%
Foreign Policy 3.1% 0.8% 2.1% 1.1% 2.8% 1.8% 2.0%
Gun Control 4.6% 2.5% 2.4% 2.9% 1.7% 3.7% 2.9%
Welfare 3.5% 1.8% 2.9% 3.6% 5.5% 0.5% 3.4%
Feminism 9.0% 7.7% 4.7% 2.3% 9.9% 4.8% 7.0%
Race/Origin 4.2% 6.0% 3.9% 2.9% 5.2% 2.2% 3.4%
Abortion 4.2% 2.8% 6.0% 1.1% 9.0% 5.8% 3.0%
Religion 3.9% 1.6% 4.6% 2.9% 7.0% 4.2% 3.0%
LGBTQ Issues 42.8% 36.0% 37.5% 41.5% 39.1% 41.1% 30.2%
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Contentious Conversations

Americans report sometimes being angry (49.9 percent) or uncomfortable (36.4 percent) when people talk about politics. Likewise, in Germany, 47.6 percent report sometimes feeling angry and 39.9 percent report feeling uncomfortable.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
I am sometimes angry when people talk about politics
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US Political Party Democrats Republicans Independents
AGREE 54.2% 49.5% 48.7%
DISAGREE 44.3% 48.4% 45.6%
Don't know 1.5% 2.1% 5.7%
DE Political Leaning Left Right
AGREE 50.7% 48.2%
DISAGREE 46.7% 48.0%
Don't know 2.7% 3.8%
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US Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
AGREE 52.7% 49.2% 49.0%
DISAGREE 42.3% 43.5% 48.0%
Don't know 5.0% 7.2% 3.0%
DE Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
AGREE 58.1% 49.1% 40.8%
DISAGREE 37.1% 44.3% 54.5%
Don't know 4.8% 6.6% 4.7%
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US Gender Men Women
AGREE 46.4% 53.0%
DISAGREE 49.7% 41.8%
Don't know 3.9% 5.2%
DE Gender Men Women
AGREE 46.6% 48.6%
DISAGREE 49.8% 44.6%
Don't know 3.6% 6.8%
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US Income Low Middle High
AGREE 47.4% 51.0% 55.8%
DISAGREE 46.2% 46.3% 41.6%
Don't know 6.4% 2.6% 2.7%
DE Income Low Middle High
AGREE 47.1% 47.8% 52.2%
DISAGREE 46.7% 49.0% 44.4%
Don't know 6.3% 3.2% 3.4%
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Race/Ethnicity (US Only) White African American Hispanic Other
AGREE 52.9% 36.8% 39.6% 52.1%
DISAGREE 43.2% 59.5% 54.3% 41.3%
Don't know 4.0% 3.7% 6.1% 6.6%
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Full Party Breakdown (DE Only) CDU CSU SPD GRUNE FDP LINKE AfD
AGREE 43.6% 46.5% 52.2% 48.9% 48.8% 50.1% 53.7%
DISAGREE 52.5% 49.2% 44.5% 49.5% 46.3% 47.2% 43.3%
Don't know 3.8% 4.3% 3.3% 1.6% 4.9% 2.6% 3.0%
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Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
I have been made uncomfortable by conversations about politics in the past month
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Baby Boomers
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Baby Boomers
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
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  • Don’t Know
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  • Don’t Know
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  • Don’t Know
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LINKE
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US Political Party Democrats Republicans Independents
AGREE 43.2% 33.6% 33.1%
DISAGREE 54.5% 63.7% 62.2%
Don't know 2.2% 2.7% 4.7%
DE Political Leaning Left Right
AGREE 43.5% 42.8%
DISAGREE 49.1% 49.2%
Don't know 7.3% 8.0%
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US Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
AGREE 43.7% 30.3% 33.2%
DISAGREE 50.5% 60.5% 64.5%
Don't know 5.8% 9.2% 2.3%
DE Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
AGREE 47.6% 32.8% 38.7%
DISAGREE 37.9% 55.1% 53.1%
Don't know 14.5% 12.1% 8.2%
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US Gender Men Women
AGREE 30.8% 41.5%
DISAGREE 64.9% 52.8%
Don't know 4.3% 5.7%
DE Gender Men Women
AGREE 42.2% 37.8%
DISAGREE 49.8% 47.8%
Don't know 8.0% 14.4%
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US Income Low Middle High
AGREE 32.3% 39.7% 39.8%
DISAGREE 60.6% 57.2% 56.4%
Don't know 7.1% 3.0% 3.8%
DE Income Low Middle High
AGREE 39.3% 39.4% 48.5%
DISAGREE 47.0% 52.1% 46.2%
Don't know 13.7% 8.5% 5.3%
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Race/Ethnicity (US Only) White African American Hispanic Other
AGREE 38.1% 30.0% 40.2% 33.5%
DISAGREE 57.5% 65.6% 51.0% 61.4%
Don't know 4.4% 4.5% 8.9% 5.1%
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Full Party Breakdown (DE Only) CDU CSU SPD GRUNE FDP LINKE AfD
AGREE 40.4% 46.8% 43.9% 42.7% 44.2% 43.7% 43.0%
DISAGREE 50.5% 42.3% 48.7% 48.4% 50.1% 50.2% 50.4%
Don't know 9.1% 10.9% 7.4% 8.9% 5.7% 6.0% 6.6%
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Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
I would prefer not to talk about politics with someone I disagree with to avoid conflict
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Democrats
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Independents
Germany
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  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
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Millennials
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Baby Boomers
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Baby Boomers
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
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Men
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Men
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  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
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Low
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  • Don’t Know
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African American
Hispanic
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  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
Germany
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CSU
SPD
GRUNE
FDP
LINKE
AfD
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
US Political Party Democrats Republicans Independents
AGREE 66.9% 59.7% 59.5%
DISAGREE 31.3% 38.0% 35.6%
Don't know 1.8% 2.3% 4.9%
DE Political Leaning Left Right
AGREE 32.5% 35.7%
DISAGREE 61.7% 60.1%
Don't know 5.8% 4.2%
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US Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
AGREE 57.4% 59.6% 65.6%
DISAGREE 37.5% 33.0% 30.9%
Don't know 5.0% 7.4% 3.5%
DE Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
AGREE 40.5% 28.5% 28.8%
DISAGREE 53.1% 60.8% 63.4%
Don't know 6.4% 10.7% 7.8%
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US Gender Men Women
AGREE 56.0% 67.6%
DISAGREE 40.1% 26.6%
Don't know 3.8% 5.8%
DE Gender Men Women
AGREE 31.3% 34.4%
DISAGREE 62.8% 55.1%
Don't know 5.9% 10.5%
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US Income Low Middle High
AGREE 60.8% 62.8% 59.5%
DISAGREE 31.9% 34.4% 39.4%
Don't know 7.3% 2.8% 1.2%
DE Income Low Middle High
AGREE 35.4% 32.8% 26.4%
DISAGREE 54.6% 61.3% 70.1%
Don't know 10.0% 6.0% 3.5%
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Race/Ethnicity (US Only) White African American Hispanic Other
AGREE 62.8% 54.7% 61.6% 64.2%
DISAGREE 33.2% 37.8% 32.8% 29.1%
Don't know 4.0% 7.5% 5.7% 6.7%
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Full Party Breakdown (DE Only) CDU CSU SPD GRUNE FDP LINKE AfD
AGREE 40.6% 33.5% 33.8% 34.0% 27.4% 29.7% 35.5%
DISAGREE 52.8% 60.5% 59.3% 61.2% 68.5% 65.1% 63.7%
Don't know 6.6% 6.0% 6.9% 4.9% 4.2% 5.2% 0.8%
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Rich People Problems?

Anxiety about polarization appears to be a luxury of the upper class. High earners in both countries were more likely to rank polarization as a key concern, while lower earners ranked issues more relevant to their day-to-day lives, like healthcare (United States) and social inequality (Germany), as their top worries.

Which of these issues is most troubling?
US
  • D
  • R
  • I
DE
  • L
  • R
  • Democrats/Left
  • Republicans/Right
  • Independents
US
  • M
  • G
  • B
DE
  • M
  • G
  • B
  • Millennials
  • Gen Xers
  • Baby Boomers
US
  • M
  • W
DE
  • M
  • W
  • Men
  • Women
US
  • L
  • M
  • H
DE
  • L
  • M
  • H
  • Low
  • Middle
  • High
US
  • W
  • B
  • H
  • O
  • White
  • African American
  • Hispanic
  • Other
DE
  • C
  • C
  • S
  • G
  • F
  • L
  • A
  • CDU
  • CSU
  • SPD
  • GRUNE
  • FDP
  • LINKE
  • AfD
US Political Party Democrats Republicans Independents
Healthcare 45.0% 33.8% 35.3%
Crime or gun violence 40.6% 23.5% 28.0%
Terrorism 21.4% 38.2% 29.1%
Political extremism or polarization 22.6% 23.6% 26.2%
Immigration 10.0% 41.2% 18.4%
Climate change 29.1% 5.6% 17.0%
Taxes 11.6% 23.0% 12.4%
Government budget or debt 10.3% 21.3% 15.5%
Education 15.0% 9.9% 12.5%
Unemployment 10.1% 10.8% 13.4%
Nuclear conflict 12.0% 11.1% 12.2%
Social inequality 18.9% 3.0% 11.0%
Online privacy 8.9% 10.4% 11.0%
Women's issues or gender equality 13.1% 3.1% 9.1%
Foreign conflicts 7.2% 6.9% 6.6%
Globalization 1.4% 5.6% 1.7%
European politics 0.3% 0.7% 0.2%
Global trade or globalization 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Other 4.1% 3.7% 5.2%
DE Political Leaning Left Right
Healthcare 15.5% 12.2%
Crime or gun violence 21.1% 22.8%
Terrorism 36.2% 44.6%
Political extremism or polarization 30.6% 20.4%
Immigration 21.1% 44.7%
Climate change 38.7% 25.7%
Taxes 6.1% 8.7%
Government budget or debt 2.9% 5.1%
Education 10.6% 8.4%
Unemployment 8.5% 8.1%
Nuclear conflict 11.9% 10.4%
Social inequality 43.9% 25.3%
Online privacy 5.5% 5.7%
Women's issues or gender equality 3.7% 3.0%
Foreign conflicts 12.7% 10.7%
Globalization 3.8% 4.8%
European politics 9.9% 15.6%
Global trade or globalization 0.0% 0.0%
Other 1.5% 2.0%
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US Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Healthcare 34.4% 40.5% 41.2%
Crime or gun violence 30.9% 34.6% 29.5%
Terrorism 22.6% 26.6% 33.1%
Political extremism or polarization 19.3% 17.4% 25.6%
Immigration 12.6% 13.7% 27.3%
Climate change 21.9% 17.1% 16.3%
Taxes 12.8% 14.2% 17.6%
Government budget or debt 10.6% 13.7% 18.1%
Education 22.3% 12.8% 4.3%
Unemployment 17.0% 17.3% 7.2%
Nuclear conflict 13.3% 9.3% 11.5%
Social inequality 16.6% 10.4% 8.8%
Online privacy 10.6% 10.1% 9.8%
Women's issues or gender equality 15.6% 6.4% 4.4%
Foreign conflicts 6.0% 7.7% 6.5%
Globalization 2.6% 2.6% 3.2%
European politics 0.5% 0.0% 0.6%
Global trade or globalization 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Other 1.7% 4.4% 6.5%
DE Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Healthcare 13.7% 17.0% 15.3%
Crime or gun violence 18.2% 20.8% 23.6%
Terrorism 39.7% 40.6% 39.0%
Political extremism or polarization 20.8% 18.9% 26.5%
Immigration 28.8% 40.3% 36.2%
Climate change 26.0% 29.0% 33.6%
Taxes 9.0% 7.2% 5.7%
Government budget or debt 3.9% 3.2% 4.0%
Education 11.0% 10.1% 7.4%
Unemployment 13.2% 7.8% 3.9%
Nuclear conflict 11.7% 10.9% 8.1%
Social inequality 28.7% 35.4% 40.3%
Online privacy 6.8% 6.5% 4.5%
Women's issues or gender equality 5.9% 2.1% 2.0%
Foreign conflicts 10.7% 9.9% 13.1%
Globalization 4.3% 2.9% 4.7%
European politics 10.7% 11.2% 15.5%
Global trade or globalization 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Other 1.4% 2.3% 2.6%
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US Gender Men Women
Healthcare 36.4% 40.5%
Crime or gun violence 24.5% 37.8%
Terrorism 28.4% 28.3%
Political extremism or polarization 26.4% 18.0%
Immigration 24.5% 16.5%
Climate change 16.8% 19.5%
Taxes 17.0% 13.2%
Government budget or debt 18.8% 10.6%
Education 10.0% 13.9%
Unemployment 10.5% 13.2%
Nuclear conflict 11.5% 11.8%
Social inequality 11.4% 11.8%
Online privacy 10.2% 10.3%
Women's issues or gender equality 3.9% 13.0%
Foreign conflicts 5.9% 7.5%
Globalization 3.9% 1.6%
European politics 0.4% 0.4%
Global trade or globalization 0.0% 0.0%
Other 5.8% 3.5%
DE Gender Men Women
Healthcare 12.0% 17.8%
Crime or gun violence 20.4% 22.5%
Terrorism 36.3% 43.0%
Political extremism or polarization 23.3% 22.7%
Immigration 32.2% 35.0%
Climate change 30.0% 30.9%
Taxes 8.4% 5.9%
Government budget or debt 5.2% 2.3%
Education 8.9% 9.7%
Unemployment 8.4% 7.9%
Nuclear conflict 11.2% 10.1%
Social inequality 35.4% 34.2%
Online privacy 6.0% 5.6%
Women's issues or gender equality 2.4% 3.9%
Foreign conflicts 9.9% 12.8%
Globalization 5.2% 2.9%
European politics 16.3% 9.1%
Global trade or globalization 0.0% 0.0%
Other 2.2% 1.6%
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US Income Low Middle High
Healthcare 40.6% 38.0% 34.5%
Crime or gun violence 35.3% 30.1% 27.5%
Terrorism 26.7% 29.8% 27.2%
Political extremism or polarization 17.7% 23.0% 29.9%
Immigration 18.0% 22.3% 16.8%
Climate change 15.5% 20.0% 20.5%
Taxes 13.1% 15.8% 18.7%
Government budget or debt 13.7% 14.7% 17.1%
Education 9.1% 14.2% 13.4%
Unemployment 16.3% 10.3% 7.1%
Nuclear conflict 12.7% 11.7% 9.5%
Social inequality 12.6% 11.3% 14.2%
Online privacy 10.8% 9.7% 9.3%
Women's issues or gender equality 9.8% 8.2% 7.9%
Foreign conflicts 5.5% 7.5% 5.2%
Globalization 3.3% 2.6% 2.1%
European politics 0.5% 0.1% 1.3%
Global trade or globalization 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Other 4.6% 4.0% 6.6%
DE Income Low Middle High
Healthcare 15.5% 14.9% 11.8%
Crime or gun violence 21.6% 21.1% 21.0%
Terrorism 36.4% 42.3% 42.7%
Political extremism or polarization 20.8% 23.7% 26.5%
Immigration 30.0% 36.4% 38.3%
Climate change 27.0% 32.1% 30.0%
Taxes 5.9% 7.8% 10.1%
Government budget or debt 4.7% 3.5% 4.1%
Education 9.1% 10.3% 8.4%
Unemployment 9.3% 7.4% 3.7%
Nuclear conflict 10.8% 11.1% 12.1%
Social inequality 42.2% 31.7% 18.6%
Online privacy 6.3% 5.1% 4.2%
Women's issues or gender equality 5.1% 2.6% 3.4%
Foreign conflicts 10.3% 12.2% 11.6%
Globalization 3.2% 4.8% 5.9%
European politics 13% 11.2% 22.6%
Global trade or globalization 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Other 2.2% 1.8% 1.0%
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US Race/Ethnicity (US Only) White African American Hispanic Other
Healthcare 40.9% 37.1% 31.7% 32.8%
Crime or gun violence 27.8% 46.1% 35.2% 34.7%
Terrorism 29.5% 25.2% 30.9% 25.1%
Political extremism or polarization 25.6% 13.3% 12.2% 17.4%
Immigration 23.0% 11.4% 24.4% 14.8%
Climate change 19.0% 15.5% 19.3% 16.6%
Taxes 15.7% 12.5% 12.3% 15.5%
Government budget or debt 16.8% 10.5% 10.9% 9.4%
Education 10.6% 14.7% 15.4% 14.4%
Unemployment 8.0% 20.5% 15.7% 20.1%
Nuclear conflict 11.9% 13.0% 14.7% 8.1%
Social inequality 10.0% 17.8% 11.7% 14.5%
Online privacy 8.6% 11.0% 11.2% 15.3%
Women's issues or gender equality 7.4% 11.4% 8.8% 12.3%
Foreign conflicts 6.6% 8.3% 6.7% 6.5%
Globalization 3.5% 1.8% 0.9% 0.7%
European politics 0.6% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Global trade or globalization 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Other 5.2% 3.5% 2.3% 3.9%
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Full Party Breakdown (DE Only) CDU CSU SPD GRUNE FDP LINKE AfD
Healthcare 13.7% 13.8% 17.3% 15.7% 14.0% 13.2% 8.8%
Crime or gun violence 23.0% 26.9% 22.6% 22.5% 27.9% 18.2% 18.2%
Terrorism 44.5% 47.3% 42.7% 27.5% 52.7% 34.5% 39.4%
Political extremism or polarization 27.9% 19.8% 29.0% 38.1% 31.3% 27.0% 7.0%
Immigration 23.4% 47.1% 24.0% 11.8% 38.6% 24.4% 70.2%
Climate change 32.4% 22.8% 37.0% 52.0% 29.6% 30.8% 17.6%
Taxes 4.7% 10.3% 7.7% 1.3% 6.1% 7.9% 13.7%
Government budget or debt 4.9% 6.1% 2.8% 2.6% 4.2% 3.1% 5.3%
Education 9.0% 5.1% 9.3% 10.5% 9.6% 12.2% 8.6%
Unemployment 9.6% 6.0% 9.2% 6.0% 3.7% 9.5% 9.5%
Nuclear conflict 12.4% 13.8% 9.6% 12.3% 12.6% 14.4% 5.6%
Social inequality 22.6% 19.8% 39.0% 38.8% 23.9% 54.0% 31.4%
Online privacy 6.9% 7.0% 6.9% 5.5% 7.0% 3.7% 3.3%
Women's issues or gender equality 3.6% 4.5% 2.8% 2.2% 1.5% 5.9% 2.3%
Foreign conflicts 16.8% 7.9% 13.7% 12.5% 10.9% 11.5% 5.1%
Globalization 3.9% 0.8% 2.9% 6.9% 1.7% 2.6% 9.3%
European politics 12.6% 11.6% 9.7% 8.8% 8.5% 10.8% 24.5%
Global trade or globalization 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Other 1.6% 1.8% 1.4% 2.9% 1.8% 0.4% 2.6%
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Tribalism

Americans who identify with a political party are fiercely loyal to that party’s politicians — and critical of their opponents. German politicians do not enjoy the same level of support from their party members. Fewer than half of Germans who vote for the parties currently in power believe that the nation’s leaders are on the right track.

Generally speaking, would you say the following are heading in the right direction, or are they off on the wrong track?
US
  • D
  • R
  • I
DE
  • L
  • R
  • Right Track
  • Wrong Track
  • Don’t Know
US
  • M
  • G
  • B
DE
  • M
  • G
  • B
  • Right Track
  • Wrong Track
  • Don’t Know
US
  • M
  • W
DE
  • M
  • W
  • Right Track
  • Wrong Track
  • Don’t Know
US
  • L
  • M
  • H
DE
  • L
  • M
  • H
  • Right Track
  • Wrong Track
  • Don’t Know
US
  • W
  • B
  • H
  • O
  • Right Track
  • Wrong Track
  • Don’t Know
DE
  • C
  • C
  • S
  • G
  • F
  • L
  • A
  • Right Track
  • Wrong Track
  • Don’t Know
US Political Party Democrats Republicans Independents
Right Track 56.0 % 71.3 % 59.1 %
Wrong Track 26.3 % 17.2 % 23.0 %
Don't know 17.8 % 11.5 % 17.8 %
US Political Party Democrats Republicans Independents
Right Track 9.8 % 61.4 % 27.3 %
Wrong Track 82.2 % 26.3 % 60.3 %
Don't know 8.0 % 12.3 % 12.4 %
US Political Party Democrats Republicans Independents
Right Track 5.6 % 61.1 % 21.2 %
Wrong Track 88.6 % 24.8 % 67.1 %
Don't know 5.8 % 14.1 % 11.7 %
US Political Party Democrats Republicans Independents
Right Track 21.9 % 74.0 % 39.5 %
Wrong Track 58.5 % 16.1 % 40.8 %
Don't know 19.7 % 9.9 % 19.7 %
DE Political Leaning Left Right
Right Track 62.1 % 63.1 %
Wrong Track 17.5 % 18.3 %
Don't know 20.4 % 18.6 %
DE Political Leaning Left Right
Right Track 29.4 % 30.2 %
Wrong Track 38.2 % 49.2 %
Don't know 32.5 % 20.6 %
DE Political Leaning Left Right
Right Track 19.2 % 23.3 %
Wrong Track 51.0 % 55.4 %
Don't know 29.8 % 21.3 %
DE Political Leaning Left Right
Right Track 41.7 % 54.5 %
Wrong Track 29.8 % 24.0 %
Don't know 28.5 % 21.5 %
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US Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Right Track 65.0 % 53.6 % 58.8 %
Wrong Track 17.7 % 26.7 % 26.0 %
Don't know 17.3 % 19.8 % 15.2 %
US Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Right Track 21.1 % 24.0 % 35.5 %
Wrong Track 61.6 % 60.2 % 54.8 %
Don't know 17.3 % 15.8 % 9.7 %
US Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Right Track 20.2 % 21.0 % 31.0 %
Wrong Track 65.1 % 63.3 % 60.3 %
Don't know 14.7 % 15.7 % 8.7 %
US Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Right Track 32.5 % 32.2 % 47.8 %
Wrong Track 43.5 % 45.7 % 37.4 %
Don't know 24.0 % 22.1 % 14.8 %
DE Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Right Track 54.2 % 57.0 % 64.6 %
Wrong Track 24.3 % 21.1 % 14.7 %
Don't know 21.5 % 21.9 % 20.7 %
DE Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Right Track 26.7 % 20.2 % 26.3 %
Wrong Track 47.3 % 53.4 % 42.9 %
Don't know 25.9 % 26.4 % 30.8 %
DE Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Right Track 18.9 % 15.0 % 17.0 %
Wrong Track 56.0 % 58.0 % 54.6 %
Don't know 25.2 % 27.1 % 28.4 %
DE Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Right Track 38.2 % 40.1 % 45.3 %
Wrong Track 31.7 % 31.1 % 24.6 %
Don't know 30.0 % 28.8 % 30.1 %
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US Gender Men Women
Right Track 58.6 % 60.0 %
Wrong Track 24.6 % 22.5 %
Don't know 16.8 % 17.5 %
US Gender Men Women
Right Track 35.7 % 22.0 %
Wrong Track 53.1 % 62.8 %
Don't know 11.2 % 15.2 %
US Gender Men Women
Right Track 30.5 % 19.9 %
Wrong Track 58.1 % 66.8 %
Don't know 11.5 % 13.3 %
US Gender Men Women
Right Track 47.3 % 32.2 %
Wrong Track 36.2 % 45.1 %
Don't know 16.5 % 22.6 %
DE Gender Men Women
Right Track 60.2 % 59.0 %
Wrong Track 18.4 % 19.8 %
Don't know 21.3 % 21.2 %
DE Gender Men Women
Right Track 30.0 % 22.0 %
Wrong Track 46.8 % 44.6 %
Don't know 23.2 % 33.4 %
DE Gender Men Women
Right Track 19.9 % 16.3 %
Wrong Track 55.3 % 53.8 %
Don't know 24.7 % 30.0 %
DE Gender Men Women
Right Track 49.4 % 36.5 %
Wrong Track 26.3 % 29.4 %
Don't know 24.3 % 34.1 %
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US Income Low Middle High
Right Track 43.8 % 68.0 % 79.0 %
Wrong Track 33.9 % 19.4 % 10.6 %
Don't know 22.3 % 12.6 % 10.5 %
US Income Low Middle High
Right Track 22.3 % 31.8 % 31.4 %
Wrong Track 62.8 % 56.4 % 55.7 %
Don't know 14.9 % 11.9 % 12.9 %
US Income Low Middle High
Right Track 19.8 % 28.8 % 24.1 %
Wrong Track 68.1 % 59.8 % 64.0 %
Don't know 12.1 % 11.4 % 11.9 %
US Income Low Middle High
Right Track 29.9 % 45.3 % 45.1 %
Wrong Track 49.0 % 36.7 % 35.6 %
Don't know 21.1 % 18.0 % 19.3 %
DE Income Low Middle High
Right Track 43.7 % 68.6 % 89.3 %
Wrong Track 29.4 % 15.2 % 5.3 %
Don't know 27.0 % 16.2 % 5.5 %
DE Income Low Middle High
Right Track 22.8 % 29.0 % 33.6 %
Wrong Track 46.1 % 47.1 % 42.4 %
Don't know 31.1 % 24.0 % 24.0 %
DE Income Low Middle High
Right Track 16.8 % 18.8 % 22.2 %
Wrong Track 55.7 % 56.1 % 49.4 %
Don't know 27.4 % 25.1 % 28.5 %
DE Income Low Middle High
Right Track 38.6 % 47.5 % 64.2 %
Wrong Track 32.9 % 25.3 % 19.6 %
Don't know 28.5 % 27.2 % 16.2 %
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Race/Ethnicity (US Only) White African American Hispanic Other
Right Track 62.5 % 44.6 % 56.2 % 59.3 %
Wrong Track 22.0 % 31.0 % 26.1 % 24.8 %
Don't know 15.5 % 24.4 % 17.6 % 15.9 %
Race/Ethnicity (US Only) White African American Hispanic Other
Right Track 33.6 % 9.6 % 21.2 % 25.1 %
Wrong Track 54.9 % 77.8 % 55.9 % 57.4 %
Don't know 11.5 % 12.6 % 22.9 % 17.5 %
Race/Ethnicity (US Only) White African American Hispanic Other
Right Track 30.1 % 5.7 % 18.2 % 21.2 %
Wrong Track 58.2 % 85.0 % 65.4 % 63.0 %
Don't know 11.7 % 9.3 % 16.4 % 15.9 %
Race/Ethnicity (US Only) White African American Hispanic Other
Right Track 46.0 % 16.8 % 32.6 % 34.2 %
Wrong Track 36.7 % 59.0 % 41.7 % 44.1 %
Don't know 17.4 % 24.2 % 25.7 % 21.8 %
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Full Party Breakdown (DE Only) CDU CSU SPD GRUNE FDP LINKE AfD
Right Track 74.3 % 66.0 % 64.4 % 68.6 % 69.2 % 54.4 % 46.3 %
Wrong Track 10.1 % 15.4 % 15.4 % 15.0 % 15.2 % 22.0 % 30.4 %
Don't know 15.6 % 18.6 % 20.2 % 16.4 % 15.7 % 23.6 % 23.3 %
Full Party Breakdown (DE Only) CDU CSU SPD GRUNE FDP LINKE AfD
Right Track 51.6 % 27.1 % 33.1 % 38.6 % 29.7 % 17.8 % 8.4 %
Wrong Track 21.5 % 42.1 % 32.9 % 31.0 % 44.1 % 50.2 % 85.5 %
Don't know 26.9 % 30.8 % 34.0 % 30.4 % 26.2 % 32.0 % 6.1 %
Full Party Breakdown (DE Only) CDU CSU SPD GRUNE FDP LINKE AfD
Right Track 44.8 % 22.5 % 21.2 % 27.8 % 13.5 % 10.2 % 5.0 %
Wrong Track 25.1 % 45.3 % 47.5 % 36.8 % 60.9 % 66.0 % 90.6 %
Don't know 30.2 % 32.1 % 31.2 % 35.4 % 25.7 % 23.9 % 4.5 %
Full Party Breakdown (DE Only) CDU CSU SPD GRUNE FDP LINKE AfD
Right Track 71.1 % 59.1 % 46.4 % 44.0 % 56.1 % 34.1 % 33.4 %
Wrong Track 9.1 % 23.8 % 23.8 % 26.9 % 17.6 % 39.5 % 43.7 %
Don't know 19.8 % 17.1 % 29.7 % 29.1 % 26.3 % 26.5 % 22.9 %
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Eroding Trust in the Establishment

Americans and Germans alike report feeling that traditional parties have abandoned them. In the United States, although there has been significant coverage of white voters feeling left behind, white Americans (77.9 percent) were as likely as African Americans (77.5 percent) to feel that traditional parties and politicians do not care about people like them. Hispanics were only slightly less likely to feel this way, at 73.4 percent.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
When jobs are scarce, employers should prioritize hiring people of this country over immigrants
United States
Democrats
Republicans
Independents
Germany
Left
Right
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
United States
Millennials
Gen Xers
Baby Boomers
Germany
Millennials
Gen Xers
Baby Boomers
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
United States
Men
Women
Germany
Men
Women
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
United States
Low
Middle
High
Germany
Low
Middle
High
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
United States
White
African American
Hispanic
Other
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
Germany
CDU
CSU
SPD
GRUNE
FDP
LINKE
AfD
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
US Political Party Democrats Republicans Independents
Agree 56.9% 85.2% 69.8%
Disagree 32.9% 10.0% 20.2%
Don't know 10.3% 4.7% 10.0%
DE Political Leaning Left Right
Agree 48.4% 68.8%
Disagree 41.4% 23.7%
Don't know 10.1% 7.4%
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US Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Agree 59.6% 67.1% 71.8%
Disagree 29.1% 19.9% 19.2%
Don't know 11.3% 13.0% 9.0%
DE Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Agree 58.6% 64.7% 59.3%
Disagree 33.9% 22.5% 29.8%
Don't know 7.5% 12.8% 10.9%
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US Gender Men Women
Agree 70.4% 63.1%
Disagree 21.5% 23.9%
Don't know 8.1% 12.9%
DE Gender Men Women
Agree 61.0% 57.7%
Disagree 30.8% 29.3%
Don't know 8.2% 13.0%
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US Income Low Middle High
Agree 65.8% 67.3% 67.6%
Disagree 20.8% 24.1% 27.2%
Don't know 13.4% 8.6% 5.2%
DE Income Low Middle High
Agree 60.8% 60.2% 56.1%
Disagree 28.1% 30.9% 38.7%
Don't know 11.1% 8.9% 5.2%
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US Race/Ethnicity (US Only) White African American Hispanic Other
Agree 69.8% 62.4% 53.1% 62.0%
Disagree 20.9% 24.7% 32.6% 25.5%
Don't know 9.3% 12.9% 14.2% 12.5%
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Full Party Breakdown (DE Only) CDU CSU SPD GRUNE FDP LINKE AfD
Agree 59.0% 70.1% 52.6% 35.2% 52.0% 53.1% 87.7%
Disagree 28.9% 23.1% 38.1% 51.6% 40.7% 38.0% 9.7%
Don't know 12.1% 6.9% 9.3% 13.2% 7.3% 8.9% 2.6%
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Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
[America/Germany] needs a strong leader to take the country back from the rich and powerful
United States
Democrats
Republicans
Independents
Germany
Left
Right
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
United States
Millennials
Gen Xers
Baby Boomers
Germany
Millennials
Gen Xers
Baby Boomers
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
United States
Men
Women
Germany
Men
Women
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
United States
Low
Middle
High
Germany
Low
Middle
High
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
United States
White
African American
Hispanic
Other
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
Germany
CDU
CSU
SPD
GRUNE
FDP
LINKE
AfD
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
US Political Party Democrats Republicans Independents
Agree 90.4% 69.6% 78.4%
Disagree 6.1% 23.8% 12.4%
Don't know 3.5% 6.7% 9.3%
DE Political Leaning Left Right
Agree 65.3% 66.1%
Disagree 27.0% 25.3%
Don't know 7.7% 8.5%
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US Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Agree 78.6% 75.3% 81.2%
Disagree 10.9% 13.0% 12.2%
Don't know 10.5% 11.6% 6.6%
DE Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Agree 62.5% 66.6% 66.0%
Disagree 23.5% 20.4% 23.7%
Don't know 14.0% 13.0% 10.2%
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US Gender Men Women
Agree 77.3% 80.3%
Disagree 14.2% 10.4%
Don't know 8.4% 9.3%
DE Gender Men Women
Agree 66.4% 61.8%
Disagree 26.3% 22.4%
Don't know 7.3% 15.8%
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US Income Low Middle High
Agree 78.6% 79.0% 82.6%
Disagree 10.0% 13.5% 14.5%
Don't know 11.4% 7.6% 2.9%
DE Income Low Middle High
Agree 66.8% 65.9% 52.2%
Disagree 23.1% 24.3% 39.2%
Don't know 10.2% 9.7% 8.6%
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US Race/Ethnicity (US Only) White African American Hispanic Other
Agree 79.5% 88.3% 77.4% 71.8%
Disagree 13.7% 6.6% 11.2% 10.3%
Don't know 6.8% 5.1% 11.3% 17.9%
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Full Party Breakdown (DE Only) CDU CSU SPD GRUNE FDP LINKE AfD
Agree 51.5% 61.9% 66.2% 55.0% 60.0% 72.1% 87.3%
Disagree 37.4% 27.6% 24.7% 37.7% 31.9% 21.7% 7.6%
Don't know 11.1% 10.5% 9.1% 7.3% 8.1% 6.2% 5.0%
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Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
The [American/German] economy is rigged to advantage the rich and powerful
United States
Democrats
Republicans
Independents
Germany
Left
Right
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
United States
Millennials
Gen Xers
Baby Boomers
Germany
Millennials
Gen Xers
Baby Boomers
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
United States
Men
Women
Germany
Men
Women
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
United States
Low
Middle
High
Germany
Low
Middle
High
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
United States
White
African American
Hispanic
Other
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
Germany
CDU
CSU
SPD
GRUNE
FDP
LINKE
AfD
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
US Political Party Democrats Republicans Independents
Agree 91.5% 53.9% 76.3%
Disagree 5.6% 40.7% 18.1%
Don't know 2.9% 5.3% 5.6%
DE Political Leaning Left Right
Agree 80.8% 68.7%
Disagree 13.8% 24.4%
Don't know 5.4% 7.0%
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US Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Agree 76.5% 74.5% 74.3%
Disagree 16.3% 15.3% 21.2%
Don't know 7.2% 10.2% 4.5%
DE Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Agree 72.1% 77.6% 77.2%
Disagree 18.7% 14.0% 15.4%
Don't know 9.2% 8.4% 7.4%
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US Gender Men Women
Agree 72.9% 76.4%
Disagree 22.4% 15.1%
Don't know 4.7% 8.5%
DE Gender Men Women
Agree 74.9% 74.3%
Disagree 20.0% 14.9%
Don't know 5.1% 10.8%
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US Income Low Middle High
Agree 77.5% 73.6% 78.8%
Disagree 13.8% 21.3% 19.7%
Don't know 8.7% 5.1% 1.5%
DE Income Low Middle High
Agree 78.6% 74.6% 63.9%
Disagree 13.4% 19.7% 27.8%
Don't know 7.9% 5.7% 8.3%
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US Race/Ethnicity (US Only) White African American Hispanic Other
Agree 73.3% 85.4% 73.3% 74.9%
Disagree 21.4% 7.6% 16.4% 15.7%
Don't know 5.3% 7.0% 10.4% 9.5%
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Full Party Breakdown (DE Only) CDU CSU SPD GRUNE FDP LINKE AfD
Agree 53.7% 67.5% 78.2% 74.6% 68.3% 88.8% 85.9%
Disagree 35.0% 24.6% 16.2% 16.5% 25.7% 8.9% 11.8%
Don't know 11.3% 7.8% 5.6% 8.9% 6.0% 2.3% 2.3%
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Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
Traditional parties and politicians don't care about people like me
United States
Democrats
Republicans
Independents
Germany
Left
Right
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
United States
Millennials
Gen Xers
Baby Boomers
Germany
Millennials
Gen Xers
Baby Boomers
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
United States
Men
Women
Germany
Men
Women
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
United States
Low
Middle
High
Germany
Low
Middle
High
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
United States
White
African American
Hispanic
Other
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
Germany
CDU
CSU
SPD
GRUNE
FDP
LINKE
AfD
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
US Political Party Democrats Republicans Independents
Agree 81.0% 69.8% 83.5%
Disagree 14.5% 23.3% 11.1%
Don't know 4.5% 6.9% 5.4%
DE Political Leaning Left Right
Agree 69.9% 69.0%
Disagree 24.1% 25.4%
Don't know 6.0% 5.6%
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US Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Agree 72.4% 79.6% 79.8%
Disagree 16.8% 13.0% 14.4%
Don't know 10.8% 7.3% 5.8%
DE Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Agree 66.5% 74.6% 72.8%
Disagree 25.0% 17.3% 21.1%
Don't know 8.5% 8.1% 6.0%
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US Gender Men Women
Agree 79.8% 74.4%
Disagree 14.8% 15.6%
Don't know 5.4% 9.9%
DE Gender Men Women
Agree 71.0% 69.9%
Disagree 23.4% 20.6%
Don't know 5.6% 9.5%
/
US Income Low Middle High
Agree 78.4% 77.9% 77.8%
Disagree 12.3% 15.9% 17.6%
Don't know 9.3% 6.2% 4.6%
DE Income Low Middle High
Agree 73.7% 69.7% 60.9%
Disagree 18.0% 24.4% 36.8%
Don't know 8.3% 5.9% 2.3%
/
US Race/Ethnicity (US Only) White African American Hispanic Other
Agree 77.9% 77.5% 73.4% 75.1%
Disagree 15.4% 14.3% 14.5% 15.3%
Don't know 6.7% 8.2% 12.2% 9.6%
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Full Party Breakdown (DE Only) CDU CSU SPD GRUNE FDP LINKE AfD
Agree 47.4% 69.8% 67.8% 60.0% 73.2% 80.0% 90.4%
Disagree 43.8% 21.7% 25.3% 33.5% 22.4% 15.5% 8.4%
Don't know 8.9% 8.5% 6.9% 6.5% 4.4% 4.5% 1.2%
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Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
Political correctness threatens our liberty as [Americans/Germans] to speak our minds
United States
Democrats
Republicans
Independents
Germany
Left
Right
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
United States
Millennials
Gen Xers
Baby Boomers
Germany
Millennials
Gen Xers
Baby Boomers
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
United States
Men
Women
Germany
Men
Women
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
United States
Low
Middle
High
Germany
Low
Middle
High
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
United States
White
African American
Hispanic
Other
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
Germany
CDU
CSU
SPD
GRUNE
FDP
LINKE
AfD
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
US Political Party Democrats Republicans Independents
Agree 56.9% 84.0% 71.4%
Disagree 36.0% 9.7% 21.1%
Don't know 7.1% 6.3% 7.5%
DE Political Leaning Left Right
Agree 42.7% 63.1%
Disagree 49.3% 30.6%
Don't know 8.0% 6.3%
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US Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Agree 60.6% 66.1% 71.5%
Disagree 27.6% 21.9% 20.6%
Don't know 11.8% 12.0% 7.9%
DE Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Agree 59.1% 58.0% 52.1%
Disagree 30.3% 29.9% 37.0%
Don't know 10.5% 12.1% 10.9%
/
US Gender Men Women
Agree 70.9% 63.6%
Disagree 21.5% 23.9%
Don't know 7.6% 12.5%
DE Gender Men Women
Agree 58.1% 51.1%
Disagree 35.5% 33.6%
Don't know 6.4% 15.3%
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US Income Low Middle High
Agree 64.8% 69.6% 67.9%
Disagree 21.5% 22.4% 28.4%
Don't know 13.7% 8.0% 3.8%
DE Income Low Middle High
Agree 52.4% 56.8% 61.5%
Disagree 35.4% 35.3% 29.7%
Don't know 12.2% 7.9% 8.8%
/
US Race/Ethnicity (US Only) White African American Hispanic Other
Agree 69.3% 66.4% 58.3% 61.8%
Disagree 22.3% 22.3% 27.2% 24.0%
Don't know 8.3% 11.3% 14.5% 14.1%
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Full Party Breakdown (DE Only) CDU CSU SPD GRUNE FDP LINKE AfD
Agree 44.7% 67.2% 45.0% 28.1% 56.1% 50.8% 85.1%
Disagree 47.2% 26.7% 44.6% 65.1% 36.2% 43.3% 11.2%
Don't know 8.1% 6.1% 10.4% 6.8% 7.6% 5.9% 3.7%
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Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
I think my vote matters/will make a difference
United States
Democrats
Republicans
Independents
Germany
Left
Right
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
United States
Millennials
Gen Xers
Baby Boomers
Germany
Millennials
Gen Xers
Baby Boomers
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
United States
Men
Women
Germany
Men
Women
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
United States
Low
Middle
High
Germany
Low
Middle
High
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
United States
White
African American
Hispanic
Other
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
Germany
CDU
CSU
SPD
GRUNE
FDP
LINKE
AfD
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
US Political Party Democrats Republicans Independents
Agree 77.1% 78.8% 61.8%
Disagree 20.5% 18.5% 32.7%
Don't know 2.4% 2.7% 5.5%
DE Political Leaning Left Right
Agree 71.2% 66.0%
Disagree 22.7% 28.2%
Don't know 6.0% 5.9%
/
US Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Agree 62.3% 62.5% 75.1%
Disagree 31.9% 29.0% 21.8%
Don't know 5.8% 8.5% 3.1%
DE Age Millennials Gen Xers Baby Boomers
Agree 63.7% 57.0% 66.5%
Disagree 31.5% 32.2% 25.6%
Don't know 4.8% 10.8% 7.9%
/
US Gender Men Women
Agree 68.0% 70.6%
Disagree 26.6% 24.4%
Don't know 5.4% 5.0%
DE Gender Men Women
Agree 63.6% 63.1%
Disagree 30.4% 27.3%
Don't know 6.1% 9.7%
/
US Income Low Middle High
Agree 64.9% 71.7% 70.4%
Disagree 28.3% 24.3% 26.8%
Don't know 6.8% 4.0% 2.8%
DE Income Low Middle High
Agree 57.0% 68.6% 65.0%
Disagree 33.4% 26.4% 29.7%
Don't know 9.6% 5.0% 5.3%
/
US Race/Ethnicity (US Only) White African American Hispanic Other
Agree 70.2% 70.3% 64.9% 68.0%
Disagree 25.2% 25.1% 28.3% 24.7%
Don't know 4.6% 4.6% 6.7% 7.3%
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Full Party Breakdown (DE Only) CDU CSU SPD GRUNE FDP LINKE AfD
Agree 71.6% 65.7% 69.8% 76.7% 67.7% 68.9% 59.1%
Disagree 21.3% 30.0% 23.5% 17.6% 26.1% 25.6% 36.0%
Don't know 7.2% 4.3% 6.6% 5.7% 6.3% 5.5% 4.9%
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Media

The majority of Americans and Germans believe that the news media is more interested in sensationalism than telling the truth. Americans who hold this belief are less likely to follow the news, whereas Germans are just as likely to follow the news, regardless of their beliefs about the sensationalism of the news media.

Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
The news media is more interested in sensationalism than telling the truth
United States
Democrats
Republicans
Independents
Germany
Left
Right
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
United States
Millennials
Gen Xers
Baby Boomers
Germany
Millennials
Gen Xers
Baby Boomers
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
United States
Men
Women
Germany
Men
Women
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
United States
Low
Middle
High
Germany
Low
Middle
High
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
United States
White
African American
Hispanic
Other
  • Strongly or Somewhat Agree
  • Strongly or Somewhat Disagree
  • Don’t Know
Germany
CDU
CSU
SPD