Prof. David Sherman and colleagues explore political polarization in NY Times Op-Ed

November 04, 2014

According to the conventional wisdom, American politics and politicians are more polarized now than they have been since the Civil War, reflecting a growing chasm between Democrats and Republicans. But what if the conventional wisdom is wrong? There’s no question that politicians are more divided; just look at their voting records. But what if the polarization of politicians reflects a common mistake about Americans — a widely held but false belief that Democratic and Republican voters are more divided than they actually are?

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