In U.S., Political Split Outgrows The Voting Booth

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UPDATED: Thursday June 12, 2014 9:10 AM

A new survey from the Pew Research Center finds that Americans are more divided by ideology and partisanship than at any point in the last 20 years.

About 1 in 5 Americans holds across-the-board conservative or liberal views, up from 1 in 10 in 2004.

The survey of more than 10,000 adults shows ideological purity is more widespread among the politically engaged than the general public, suggesting the stalemates that have become commonplace in Washington and statehouses around the country are likely to continue.

Majorities in both parties hold either uniformly liberal or conservative views. These ideological shifts are accompanied by increasing animosity across party lines, and those on opposite sides of the partisan and ideological divide are now more apt to separate themselves in their personal lives as well.

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