Poll: Americans deeply divided on cultural and economic issues
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Americans are becoming increasingly divided on cultural and economic issues, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

The poll shows there are growing fissures between Republicans and Democrats on various cultural issues such as same-sex marriage and religion. 

Seventy-seven percent of Democrats polled said they were "comfortable with social changes" of recent years, while just 30 percent of Republicans polled said the same. 


Forty-two percent of Republicans surveyed said they were supporters of the traditional definition of marriage between a man and a woman, while only 17 percent of Democrats agreed with the definition. 

Democrats polled were twice as likely as Republicans to say they never attend church services. 

The poll found that the election of President Trump appeared to lift GOP attitudes, with 46 percent of Republicans saying they lacked confidence in their children's future. In 2014, 88 percent of Republican respondents said they weren't confident their children's generation would be better than their own. 

The survey also saw differences along geographic and educational lines, with people without a four-year college education and people living in rural areas both expressing negative feelings about the economy and being more conservative on social issues.

Forty-three percent of rural inhabitants polled expressed optimism in their local economy, while 57 percent of urban inhabitants polled said they were optimistic about their local economy. 

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll was conducted from Aug. 5 to 9 among 1,200 people, with a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points.