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Pew Survey: political polarization increasing

Pew Survey: political polarization increasing

Pew Research has issued a new report about political polarization and how it affects everything from voting to where one prefers to live.

A decade ago, the public was less ideologically consistent than it is today. In 2004, only about one-in-ten Americans were uniformly liberal or conservative across most values. Today, the share who are ideologically consistent has doubled: 21% express either consistently liberal or conservative opinions across a range of issues – the size and scope of government, the environment, foreign policy and many others.

The new survey finds that as ideological consistency has become more common, it has become increasingly aligned with partisanship. Looking at 10 political values questions tracked since 1994, more Democrats now give uniformly liberal responses, and more Republicans give uniformly conservative responses than at any point in the last 20 years.

How do you see this playing out in churches?

Key Shareable Findings

Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan acrimony is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in recent history. And these trends manifest themselves in myriad ways, both in politics and everyday life.

Growing Ideological Consistency

Growing Partisan Antipathy

Political Polarization and Personal Life

Political Compromise and Divisive Policy Debates

Political Engagement and Activism


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This past Sunday, my parish used a litany I was unfamiliar with (from “Intercessions for the Christian People”):

That liberal and conservative may be drawn together in truth by the Spirit and come to rejoice in the wisdom different perspectives bring to the challenges of the world, we pray:

Come, Holy Spirit.

Wise words, welcome to hear.

Much harder to do.

JC Fisher

[Does anyone else ever think the following?

“The reason THEY fight US is that THEY make US so compromise what WE want to do, that the compromise is hopelessly compromised, and then THEY never get to see what WE really would do, if THEY didn’t stop US, when what WE would do is So Much Better, even for THEM, than what THEY want for THEMselves, much less for US!”

Or is is just me? ;-X]

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