This week sees the beginning of a regular YouGov/ Polimetrix poll for The Economist. As well as headline numbers on the race for the Democrat and Republican nominations, The Economist has also confirmed some big differences between the worldviews of the supporters of the two main parties.
None of the findings are surprising but they do suggest that - although GOP supporters are much more socially conservative on abortion, gay marriage and the origins of life, - the supporters of the two main parties are much more likely to be divided on the Iraq war and on tax cuts. Over 80% of Democrats believe that it was wrong to invade Iraq. Not even 20% of Republicans agree. Nearly 80% of Republicans want to see George W Bush's tax cuts made permanent. Only 20% of Democrats think the same.
The Economist has published a full PDF of its findings here.
My guess is that British (and European) voters from different parties wouldn't be anywhere near so divided on these issues. Speaking at a recent meeting of London's Adam Smith Institute, Peter Kellner of YouGov said that there were no bright lines between Britain's political parties anymore. Perceptions of competence and character were increasingly important in this policy-blurred political environment.