If you’re among the millions of Americans who have vowed to be more politically active and engaged since the 2016 presidential election, then you might be wondering how best to carry on a conversation with friends, family members, neighbors, and colleagues on the other side of the political aisle.
Perhaps you’ve even wondered how – given the hyper-polarized state of American politics today – you might be able to persuade those at the other end of the political spectrum to come around to your point of view, particularly on hot-button political issues, such as President Trump’s recent crackdown on immigration, the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act, LGBT rights, and climate change to name just a few. Read more “The Art of Political Persuasion, According to Psychological Science”
America is a divided nation, perhaps more so today than at any other time in recent history. This claim is echoed so frequently nowadays by political commentators, pundits, politicians, and reporters that it probably no longer even sounds all that remarkable. But it is, and we need to recognize it as such, because hyperpartisanship among voters poses a very serious and very real threat to our democracy.
By all accounts, the 2016 presidential race was bitterly contentious. According to a Monmouth University poll from back in September, most voters (70%) think this past year’s election brought out the worst in people. Moreover, 7% of voters say they even lost or ended a friendship because of the election (although this may not be an unusually high percentage compared to previous elections).
Of course, rancor and animosity are not new in American politics. But they certainly appear to have gotten worse in recent years.
Read more “Just How Divided is America Really? A Search for Common Ground”