Identity-based politics are creation a US citizens ‘hyper-partisan’

July 28, 2016 - Finding Carter

These days, it seems like a Clinton and Trump believer can’t even lay in a same room — and there is information to behind that up.

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In 1994, 16 percent of Democrats pronounced they didn’t feel good about Republicans. Now that series has doubled. And Republicans feel a same approach about Democrats.

Paul Taylor, a former executive clamp boss of the Pew Research Center and a author of “The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and a Looming Generational Showdown,” says American politics are apropos “hyper-partisan,” and lot of it has to do with identity-based politics. Taylor argues a politics are now some-more aligned with a identities, like race, ethnicity and age.

On tip of that, “we are in a impulse now where partisans no longer stop during conflicting with any others’ ideas. Increasingly, they repudiate any other’s facts, they debate of any other’s lifestyles, they stay out of any other’s neighborhoods, they rebut any other’s motives, they doubt any other’s patriotism, and they can’t stomach any other’s news sources.”

And this partisanship extends over a elections.

“Like attracts like. … People are anticipating like-minded people, not usually in a online world, though in a earthy world,” Taylor says.

This is seen in a approach we are organizing ourselves so we don’t have to live with or work with people who don’t determine with us politically.

There is information to behind this up. There was a outrageous boost in landslide counties  —counties where some-more than 60 percent of a opinion went to one claimant — between 1976 (the Carter/Ford election) and 2012 (the Obama/Romney election). In 1976, usually 25 percent of counties were landslide counties. In 2012, that series rose to around 50 percent.

So what does this mean?

Well, for one thing, when politicians speak about voting blocs, they are on to something. And if we wish to canvass for your favorite candidate, maybe go to a subsequent county over — since your neighbors are substantially voting with you.

This story was initial aired on PRI’s Innovation Hub.

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