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September 1, 2014

An Increasingly Divided Society

A new survey by Pew Research finds that “Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan antipathy is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in the last two decades. These trends manifest themselves in myriad ways, both in politics and in everyday life.”

“The overall share of Americans who express consistently conservative or consistently liberal opinions has doubled over the past two decades from 10% to 21%. And ideological thinking is now much more closely aligned with partisanship than in the past. As a result, ideological overlap between the two parties has diminished: Today, 92% of Republicans are to the right of the median Democrat, and 94% of Democrats are to the left of the median Republican.”

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The poll “reveals a complex picture of partisan polarization and how it manifests itself in political behaviors, policy debates, election dynamics and everyday life.”

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Nate Cohn: “What is more clearly illuminated here is the extent to which partisan and ideological animosity is dividing American society.”

  • Leftcoastrocky

    looks like repubs have been moving further to the right than dems have to the left

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    THERES’ THREE MILLION UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES WHO HAVE BEEN WITHOUT AN UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION SINCE LATE LAST DECEMBER. THESE FAMILIES ARE TRULY BROKE, AND BECOMING FINANCIALLY RUINED WITH EACH PASSING DAY. BOTH THE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS HAVE UTTERLY FAILED THESE FAMLIES, AND HAVE TURNED THEIR BACKS ON THEM ALREADY, AND JUST WALKED AWAY FROM THE ISSUE. MEANWHILE MORE AND MORE ARE FACING EVICTIONS, HOME FORECLOSURES, BANKRUPTCY, AND HOMELESSNESS, WHILE WAITING FOR THE HELP WHICH DOESN’T COME. HELP AND ASSISTACNE HAS COME FOR THE UKRAINE HOWEVER. CONGRESS PASSED A FOREIGN AID BILL WORTH BILLIONS OF TAX PAYER DOLLARS FOR THAT COUNTRY. I GUESS IT’S ONLY THE POOR AND STRUGGLING HERE THAT THEY REFUSE TO HELP

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS SHOWN A TOTAL LACK OF ETHICS WITH REGARDS TO THE 3 MILLION UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS STILL WITHOUT AN EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, SINCE LATE LAST DECEMBER. OVER THE PAST SIX MONTHS, THE REPUBLICAN SENATE HAS BLOCKED ALL ATTEMPTS AT PASSING THE EXTENSION BILL. MEAN WHILE THESE FAMILIES HAVE LEFT IN FINANCIAL RUIN WITHOUT HELP. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE SHOWN A LACK OF COMPASSION AND COMMON DECENCY FOR THOSE HARDEST HIT MY THE RECESSION. THEY HAVE FAILED THESE AMERICANS.

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