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Amidst extreme political polarization, the average American goes unrepresented.

By Lisa Wade, PhD

A new study of 10,000 Americans by the Pew Research Center finds that political polarization is more extreme than it’s been anytime in the last 20 years.  The median (or middle) Democrat and Republican are farther away from each other politically than in 2004 or 1994.  “Today,” reports Pew, “92% of Republicans are to the right of the median Democrat, and 94% of Democrats are to the left of the median Republican.”

Animosity has grown as well.  Over a quarter of Democrats and a third of Republicans see the other side as a “threat to the nation’s well being.”  In total, 38% of Democrats and 43% of Republicans judge the other side to be “very unfavorable.”

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Even more dramatically, it is the people at the extremes who are most likely to vote in elections and contribute to candidates.  Today’s America is highly polarized, then, but the voting booth is even more so.

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Pew concludes by noting that, even given this polarization, the majority of Americans are in the middle and are open to compromise between parties.  These individuals, however, are less politically active, whether out of disinterest or distaste for the rancor, leaving politics to the most extreme among us.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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    wow we solved drug crimes by doing this and the problem is practically completely resolved

  • america:

    there is just no stopping the war on drugs........

  • other country:

    we have the most successful schools because we implement these rules to encourage real learning

  • america:

    no hope....... kids just cant cut it anymore........

  • other country:

    gun related crime is all but non existent thanks to our restrictions

  • america:

    wow..... if only there was some way to stop these shootings before they happened..............

  • other country:

    nothing bad has happened as a result of our equal marriage/bathroom laws for lgbt

  • america:

    if only there was a way.............................

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