Democrats More Extreme about Healthcare than Republicans or Independents

Three bar graphs showing the distributions of responses to three questions about Healthcare. Each of the three bar graphs shows democrats more heavily skewed toward extreme responses than independents or republicans. Source: The Economist/YouGov Polls

Trump News, Trump Polls, and Trump Approval Rating

On the question, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling health care issues ?”, a bit more than 60% of Democrats “Strongly disapprove” and a bit more than 10% “Somewhat disapprove”. On the other hand, 40% of Republicans “Somewhat approve” and a bit more that 30% “Strongly approve”.

Three bar graphs showing the distributions of responses to three questions about Healthcare. Each of the three bar graphs shows democrats more heavily skewed toward extreme responses than independents or republicans.
Three bar graphs showing the distributions of responses to three questions about Healthcare. Each of the three bar graphs shows democrats more heavily skewed toward extreme responses than independents or republicans.

What is interesting to me is that, in both cases, if we combine strongly and somewhat into a single bucket, then we have roughly the same total percentage in the expected buckets – a bit over 70% of Democrats disapprove and a bit over 70% of Republicans approve. The main difference is that a greater percentage of Democrats choose the extreme (“strongly”) option.

Here are two bar charts where we separate the direction of a response (approve/disapprove) from the magnitude of a response (strongly/somewhat) to the first question about Trump and healthcare.

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The above two bar charts show us four things:

(1) Independents (Swing Voters) disapprove more than they approve of Trump on healthcare.

(2) Democrats favor the more extreme response of “strongly” than do republicans or independents.

(3) Republicans favor the more moderate response of “somewhat” than do independents or democrats.

(4) Independents favored “no opinion” more so than republicans or democrats.

Republic vs Democracy

This may have something to do with what the names “Democrat” and “Republican” mean: Democrats believe we are voting for powerful leaders of government empowered to solve all our problems (such as healthcare), while Republican believe we are voting for leaders with constitutionally limited powers. Thus while Democrats believe that the government is the solution to our healthcare problems, Republicans believe that government has only a limited role. So Republican responses are tempered by the idea that part of the government’s handing of healthcare should be to stay out of it.

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Source: The Economist/YouGov Polls

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