Poll: Springtime Politics

Comparing the political parties, Americans overall are nine points more likely to say the Democrats better represent their values (47 percent say so) than the Republicans (38 percent). (Thirty-five percent of respondents in this survey identify themselves as Democrats, 28 percent as Republicans, about the same as the 2004 and 2005 averages in ABC/Post polls. It was even on average, 31 percent-31 percent, in 2003.)

Nonetheless, there is a perception among Republicans that their conception of values are on the upswing: Forty-nine percent of Republicans believe that people and groups that hold values similar to theirs are gaining influence in American life. About half as many Democrats or independents, 25 percent and 28 percent respectively, say the same.

As long has been the case, views on many of the issues measured in this survey are sharply divided on political, ideological and religious lines. Approval of Bush's performance peaks among Republicans (89 percent), conservatives (72 percent) and evangelical white Protestants (63 percent). It's lowest among Democrats (20 percent), liberals (23 percent) and those who profess no religion (28 percent).


This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone April 21-24, 2005, among a random national sample of 1,007 adults. The results have a three-point error margin. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

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