Mike Berman’s Washington Watch

November 22, 2014 6:57 AM

2014 Election Highlighted the Divide between the Major Parties

The national exit poll of those voting in 2014 demonstrates the nature of the large divide between the two major political Parties.

68% of Republicans and 30% of Democrats are “very worried about the direction of the nation’s economy” in the next year.

78% of Democrats think the government should do more to resolve problems, while 77% of Republicans think the government is doing too many things and/or it is better left to business and individuals.

67% of Republicans said their family’s financial situation is worse compared to two years ago, while 57% of Democrats say the family’s financial situation is better.

68% of Democrats expect that life for the next generation will be better than life today, while 69% of Republicans think it will be worse.

70% of Republicans think you can never trust the government in Washington to do what is right, while 72% of Democrats trust Washington to “just about always” do what is right.

85% of Republicans support the Tea Party movement, while 79% of Democrats oppose the movement.

52% of those who voted on November 4th, believe that abortion should be legal in most, if not all, cases. 43% believe that abortion should be illegal in most, if not all, cases. 74% of Democrats believe that abortion should be legal in all cases, while 71% of Republicans believe abortion should be illegal in all cases.

38% believe that race relations in this country have gotten worse in the last few years; 20% that they have gotten better. Those believing that race relations have gotten worse include 62% of Republicans and 36% of Democrats. Among those who think race relations have gotten better, 54% are Democrats and 44% are Republicans.

Men voted Republican by 57%-41%, while women voted Democratic by 51% to 47%. There also appears to be a significant difference depending on whether an individual is married or unmarried.

Married men voted Republican 61% to 37%
Married women voted voted Republican 54% to 44%

Unmarried men voted Democratic 49% to 48%
Unmarried women voted Democratic 60% to 38%

This difference between married and unmarried people also manifested itself in the 2012 Presidential election.

Married men voted Republican by 60% to 38%
Married women voted Republican by 53% to 46%

Unmarried men voted Democratic by 56% to 40%
Unmarried women voted Democratic by 67% to 31%

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