Rick Day (rick_day) wrote in talk_politics,
Rick Day

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OK I think we all just got busted

According to this study released Friday, the old Pogo axiom "We have met the enemy and he is us" is pretty much proven true in politics, particularly by commenters (myself included) of political discussion.

Republicans and Democrats are less divided in their attitudes than popularly believed, according to new research. It is exactly those perceptions of polarization, however, that help drive political engagement, researchers say.

"American polarization is largely exaggerated,” says Leaf Van Boven of the University of Colorado Boulder, especially by people who adopt strong political stances. And when people perceive a large gap between political parties, they may be more motivated to vote. 

Um, that sounds like us. Us as in people who argue over the Internets about how bad the other side is.

Want to argue that this is NOT all in YOUR mind and not the reality of the masses?


They found that the actual gap between the parties' political attitudes has not increased substantially over time and that members of both parties have consistently overestimated the size of that gap.

Moreover, Chambers' team found that those who perceived the greatest political polarization were more politically engaged – for example, more likely to have voted in the last election, tried to influence the vote of other voters, attended political rallies, or donated money to a party or candidate.

or...argued about it over the internet.

Per Rule 8 *grimace*, my opinion is I feel like this is exactly why I refuse any tags like LBRL, or CON or DEM or GOP or LIB or GRN... any tag other than "skeptical independent", a foe of the status quo. Yet I am guilty of condemning neocon positions, not because of what liberals say they might do, but because of what THEY say THEY want to do. But liberals maintain the status quo, so I am not with that label either.

Do you agree with the premise of the study, that the only people who feel the enemy is at the gates are those like us who are intellectually involved in politics the way the average voter is into sport franchises, and feel compelled by win/loss brainwashing to demonize an 'opposing' ideology as a downfall of civilization/liberty/freedom etc?

Or are we the proverbial hounds at the gate/canary in the coalmine, etc? You know, someone paying attention to dangers instead of the central masses.

Oh, and in before cognitive dissonance. Be careful how you answer!

Tags: bias, parties, research
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