Republican, Democratic, or Independent? Polarization at All-Time High

The divide between political parties is growing, and the debates about important issues facing our society are heating up. A new Pew study confirms that Republicans and Democrats agree on fewer issues, but it also finds that more people identify themselves as “independent” out of frustration with the major parties. (See Partisan Polarization Surges in Bush, Obama Years for more information.

If you are interested in this debate you may want to take a look at some of the resources from the library’s collection (Resources from the MVCC library on political partisanship ), or you can also take a look at this Newshour video, PBS Newshour, With Political Polarization at All-Time High, Americans Say ‘Listen to Me’

Video Summary: Partisan divisions in U.S. politics have grown more intense, according to a new Pew Research Center survey tracking attitudes on government, business social issues and more. Judy Woodruff speaks with Linda Killian of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Also, we introduce the NewsHour’s “Listen to Me” project.

Watch With Political Polarization High, People Say ‘Listen to Me’ on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

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