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Md. Early Voting Starts Same Day as Newest PEW Research Survey Results Released

SALISBURY, Md.- If you're a voter in Maryland and were looking to cast your vote early then Thursday was the first day to do so.

Rainy weather didn't stop some people like John Bishel for taking advantage of the option at the Wicomico County Youth and Civic Center.

It i swhat he called his tax payer dollars being put to good use.

"I'm happy about how they are spending my money," Bishel said.

However Bishel added that he couldn't help notice why there weren't more people voting early. 

"It's pretty sad and I don't know if voting is a good thing or a bad thing, it's something we should do because at least we can get some concern to put who should be in there," he said.

Nathaniel Ennels of Parsonsburg said that in his opinion Washington's political squabbling could have a lot do with with voter turn out in addition to how that person votes. 

"This is going to be a cat and mouse game," said Ennels, "they're going to be bickering going after one another trying to out do each other."

Meanwhile, according to a recent survey of more than 10,000 Americans conducted by the Pew Research Center, partisan and ideological polarization has grown dramatically in the last two decades. That means over the past 20 years, the share of Americans holding ideologically pure views has doubled, from 10 percent in 1994 to 21 percent now.

And ideology is now more closely aligned with partisanship. 

The survey went on to suggest that the numbers of ideological purists are larger among the politically engaged than the general public, adding that the ideological stalemates which have become more common in Washington and statehouses around the country are likely to continue. A third of those who say they regularly vote in primaries have all-or-nothing ideological views, as do 41 percent who say they have donated money to a campaign.

The survey's results also revealed that the shift toward ideological purity has been more visible among Republicans due to the popularity of the tea party.
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