As seen in the below animation, the share of Americans who express a consistently liberal or conservative views have doubled over the past two decades from 10% to 21%. The median positions, which used to overlap relatively closely, have spread much further apart such that the “typical” Republican is more conservative than 94% of Democrats. Two decades ago, this number was only 70%.
Political Polarization Of The American Public, 1994-2014
Further, there is more hate and blame being passed around these days:
The most ideologically polarized Americans are those that are more engaged in the political process:
Infographic Source: Pew Research