Moderation in all things except voting

AP US Government and Politics

Who is more ideologically extreme, the average American or the average American voter?


AP U.S. Government and Politics

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. How surprising is this information?

  3. What is the big story these charts tell?

  4. Why do you think ideologically extreme people tend to vote more than ideological moderates?

  5. What is one consequence this information?

  6. Explain whether this is good or bad news:

  7. What effects do you imagine this information had on the 2016 and 2018 elections?

  8. Is there any mechanism in the way Americans vote that helps amplify the extreme vote?

  9. Explain why conservatives are more likely to vote than liberals:

  10. What percentage of statistics are made up on the spot?

  11. Who is the most moderate person you know?

  12. Would you consider them radically moderate?

  13. Do the more moderate people or the more extreme people you know tend to get more done?

  14. Explain how the U.S. media landscape has impacted the data from the chart?

  15. Describe what you imagine this chart looked like in 1950 and what it will look like in 2050.

  16. Describe one aspect of the U.S. Constitution built to moderate the will of the people.

  17. How do your own ideological leanings compare to the chart?

  18. Do the voting habits of people you know generally conform to the data from the chart?

  19. Only about 1/4 of moderate Americans actually vote. In the comments section, tell moderate U.S. voters whether they should vote or not:

Visual Extension

Learning Extension

Read this Pew Report on extreme voters.

Action Extension

Contact one of the two major U.S. political parties- the Democratic Party or the Republican Party and explain to them whether it would benefit them to run more extreme or more moderate candidates.

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