2017’s big stalemate: Partisans stay locked in

We hear a lot these days about big partisan divides in public opinion, but Americans are also telling us they’re fed up with partisanship in general, and often displeased with their own parties. That doesn’t mean that they’re ready to give up on partisanship themselves, though.

This study shows party attachments have remained very stable in 2017, with neither Republicans nor Democrats able to draw many independents over to their side so far. Democrats aren’t becoming Republicans en masse, nor are Republicans becoming Democrats, and the few who have vacillated between parties aren’t as likely to vote in the first place — which sheds light on why today’s politics often seems dominated by partisans. CONT.

Kabir Khanna & Anthony Salvanto, CBS News