Within the political realms of the US lies a dichotomy between the two majority parties: Democrats and Republicans. Far too often, the disagreements seen between members ascribing to each respective side are analogous to the fans of rival football teams.
While the above statement may initially sound facetious, consider that Americans as a whole agree on the majority of baseline principles that would help them thrive as a society. Moreover, when it comes down to specifics, Democrats and Republicans disagree on only a handful of hot-button topics such as climate change, abortion, and immigration.
After an in-depth analysis of over 1,800 surveys taken over the last 15 years and analyzing the responses of over 1.5 million Americans, it appears that when it comes to aspects such as government regulation, healthcare, social security, and quality of life, Democrats and Republicans agree over 80% of the time.
The primary reason that this dichotomy exists as it currently stands is because of inherent bias within many political surveys. Often, surveys are conducted with a predetermined response set in mind; thus, we find many leading questions that attempt to guide the respondent to choose one school of thought versus the other.
Within the analysis of 1,800 surveys, we selected only those issued by reputable, non-partisan pollers and reviewed each question for potential bias in wording and execution. Once we isolated the questions phrased in a neutral and unbiased tone, we analyzed the responses to produce the above figures.