The defining divide in American politics is probably between Republicans and Democrats. But what if Americans’ views of the parties, particularly whichever one they don’t belong to, are, well, kind of wrong? Source: Asher and SoodBlacks made up about a quarter of the Democratic Party, but Republicans estimated the share at 46 percent. Republicans thought 38 percent of Democrats were gay, lesbian or bisexual, while the actual number was about 6 percent. Being a Republican generally — and a Republican political operative specifically — was, at least for a while, likely a big part of Schmidt’s identity.