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The Source: Is Political Polarization A Threat?

The country hasn't been this politically divided in recent history, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. Growing distaste for opposing viewpoints and parties has led to a shrinking middle ground. Just how little the two groups have in common is punctuated time and again in the report.

When responses to 10 questions are scaled together to create a measure of ideological consistency, the median (middle) Republican is now more conservative than nearly all Democrats (94%), and the median Democrat is more liberal than 92% of Republicans. -Pew Research Center 2014

What does this mean for society? What does it mean for daily life?


  • Jocelyn Kiley, associate director of research at the Pew Research Center

*This is the second segment in the June 18 edition of The Source, which airs at 3 p.m. on KSTX 89.1 FM. Audio from this show will be posted by 5:30 p.m.

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Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org