- America is more politically divided than ever — the government shutdown looming over the country only makes that more apparent, as it’s poised to be the longest in US history.
- The number of Americans who are consistently conservative or consistently liberal has more than doubled over the last two decades.
- Ian Bremmer breaks down the political divide in America that’s keeping people stuck in their own bubbles.
- WATCH NEXT: Airports are dealing with massive lines during the government shutdown as TSA employees are working without pay
America is a house divided. Let’s look at the numbers.
When it comes to political views, a recent study found that 94% of Democrats now stand to the left of the median Republican in office and 92% of Republicans stand to the right of the median Democrat.
The share of Americans who are consistently conservative or consistently liberal has more than doubled over the last two decades.
The center? There is no center.
Today, half of Republicans recently polled say they hate Democrats and nearly that many Democrats say they hate Republicans.
That should worry you, particularly if you’re a Democrat or Republican.
More and more we congregate inside our own bubbles where we confirm our biases and connect with others who share them.
Now add a few algorithms that record our searches, interpret our likes, and keep us in the company of like-minded friends and voila. We end up following those we agree with and we ignore those we don’t.
Think about that for a moment. If you support Trump, what are the chances you’ll even hear out Pelosi and vice versa?