Democratic voters are only slightly more positive than Republican voters in evaluating how well their party has performed in standing up for traditional Democratic positions on such things as “protecting the interests of minorities, helping the poor and needy, and representing working people.” Just 39% of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters say the party has done an excellent or good job in this regard, while 57% rate the party’s performance as only fair or poor. However, Democrats have long been skeptical of their party’s record in standing up for traditional positions, while Republicans have grown increasingly negative about the GOP’s performance in recent years. Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.