Why Can't We All Just Get Along? The Reality of a Polarized America

  title={Why Can't We All Just Get Along? The Reality of a Polarized America},
  author={A. Abramowitz and Kyle L. Saunders},
  journal={The Forum},
According to Morris Fiorina, Americans are moderate, tolerant, and ambivalent in their political attitudes. This has always been true and it is, if anything, more true today than in the past. The culture war is almost entirely an elite phenomenon, driven by a small group of activists on the left and right who exert influence far out of proportion to their numbers. It is the elites and activists who are polarized, not the public. In this study we use data from the American National Election… Expand
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