Why the U.S. election might be the best-ever for Republicans, Democrats and independents: Recode
In a sign of just how polarizing the 2016 presidential election has been, some Democrats are already saying they might be happy with the outcome.
The latest data from the Pew Research Center shows that Republicans are doing well among Democrats.
A plurality of Americans now say they are very or somewhat likely to vote for a Republican, while a majority of Americans (52%) say they would be very or some chance of voting for a Democrat.
The results come after an election in which Republicans captured a majority in the Senate and House, but lost the White House to a Democrat in a special election for governor in a state where Republicans hold a significant lead.
The Republican Party has also taken back the governorships of three states, including the most populous, New York.
Democrats also won governorships in Utah, Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming.
Republicans won in Utah and Montana, and in North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming, respectively.
The data show that while Republicans are still leading among Democrats on a range of issues, the partisan divide on many of those issues has narrowed.
A majority of Democrats (55%) say that climate change is a very important issue for them, compared with only 42% of Republicans who say the same.
And the percentage of Republicans saying they are at least somewhat concerned about the effects of climate change on their community has been trending downward over the past decade, while the percentage saying they think the issue is a great deal has been rising.
And a majority (53%) of Democrats now say that a major economic issue affecting them is the federal deficit, compared to 39% of Republican voters.
A few months ago, Republicans were lagging behind Democrats in views of the federal budget deficit, and now they are ahead.
But a majority also (58%) say the federal government spends too much money on health care and education.
The percentage of Democrats who say that the federal debt is too high has been going down over time, from 51% in 2010 to 41% in 2016.