Politics, religion, race divide Americans: Pew report
"The United States is one of the most socially conflicted of the world’s advanced economies, the Pew Research Center said Wednesday.
“A large majority of Americans say there are strong political and strong racial and ethnic conflicts in the U.S. and that most people disagree on basic facts,” the D.C.-based nonpartisan group said in disclosing the report, which also named France and South Korea as “strongly conflicted societies.”
According to the Pew survey, 49% of Americans say there are “strong conflicts” between those who practice different religions. Of that number 13% call those conflicts “very strong,” the group said.
In France, 23% said the divide according to religious belief is “very strong,” compared with a 36% median across the 17 nations surveyed who reported “strong conflicts” between those practicing different faiths. The Pew survey found that 61% of South Koreans surveyed said religious conflicts were either strong or very strong in their society.
Along with divisions between religious groups, the Pew research found that 90% of Americans reported conflicts between political parties, and 71% acknowledged conflicts between ethnic and racial groups.