Friendships toe party lines

Why are Americans so divided politically? One reason is that so few Republicans and Democrats are friends with people who support the other political party. Only 10 percent of Republicans and Democrats say a majority of their friends and family are from the other party, according to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll. Many people also get their news from cable programs and websites that reinforce their political views. It is easier to dismiss and demonize those who hold different views when they aren’t your friends.