When asked, most Americans will say they vote for the most qualified person, and many hope our elected officials can move our nation forward through bipartisan compromise. After polling Americans in nearly 60 competitive congressional districts, we find rates of partisanship that surpass even our new word – tribalism.
In district after district, more than 80 percent of both Democrats and Republicans say with high rates of surety, that they will vote on Nov. 6 for the candidate who wears the label of their tribe, I mean party. Perhaps compromise will only spring from the open mindedness we claim to practice.
– Don Levy, Director of the Siena College Research Institute