The Society for Personality and Social Psychology in San Diego states that political polarization is actually fairly consistent as far back as the early 1970’s, at least as far as the general public is concerned (the results do not include pundits, politicians, or media outlets). More importantly, the study finds that those that identify most strongly as Republican or Democrat also have a significantly higher tendency to overstate or exaggerate political polarization. Stated another way by study researcher John Chambers of the University of Florida, “Strongly identified Republicans or Democrats perceive and exaggerate polarization more than weakly identified Republicans or Democrats or political independents.” That might seem like a “duh” statement, but there’s more to it.
A new study shows that political polarization has been roughly the same for the last 40 years.
A new publication highlights recent findings in the field of psychology and conflict, with interesting implications for our political landscape.
Wired expounds on this idea from an upcoming issue of Philosphical Transactions of the Royal Society B, which will feature a number of findings on the biology of conflict. Of those, several are important to the political and social present.
Planned cuts to defense spending means simply rolling spending back to pre-war levels.