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To what extent are there ideological divisions between Democratic and Republican parties? Both the Democratic and Republican party have differences in regards to their ideology on a number of areas, although surprisingly they do share certain aspects within each others spectrums of ideology. But overall over years they have divided further and further apart. It can be argued that both pares have a very similar ideology based on the different labels that exist in each party. Take John Kerry as an example, he was a Democrat but also so himself being close to a Republican. The reason primarily being is that he believes in a variety of principles of a Republican Government. Clearly, this shows that both parties do strike similarities of some sort and not entirely different from their perspectives on key issues. ...read more.


For example, Democrats have favoured the rights of women to have an abortion and the increased rights for gay and lesbian people. On the other hand, the Republicans are more right of the ideological spectrum. They have focused rather more on radical institutionalised approach. For example, Republicans have long supported the need to cut taxes and have even opposed the idea gun control. Evidently, from the ruling of the Roe v. Wade case, both parties stood for different ideological angles for the issue of abortion. Democrats favoured a more pro-choice perspective, while Republicans taking a more pro-life perspective. Again this can be regarded as a significant counter argument to the assumption that the Democratic and Republican parties stand with diverse ideologies. ...read more.


To further the argument that the major parties are divided, this is apparent in the varieties of Republicans and Democrats that exist. For instance, despite the fact that there are traditional Republicans and compassionate Republicans e.g. Bush, even though they take minor differences on issues, they collectively differ to those of the Democrats a lot. New right Republicans are against abortion, pro death penalty are very opposite to the new left Democrats who are generally pacific in their approach to foreign policy, support homosexuals and others such as single parent's etc. To reach a conclusion, it can be argued that the two major parties have become somewhat different in their ideology, although many can claim that the still bear clear resemblance. From the issues looked at, it remains unclear whether they are entirely different in this ideological spectrums or very similar. ...read more.

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