Nationalism So White

What percent of Americans see white nationalism as a “somewhat” or “very” serious threat?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What story does the data tell?

  3. Make a claim that can be substantiated by the data in the chart:

  4. How surprised are you by this data?

  5. What trend do you see in the data?

  6. Describe the difference between Democrats and Republicans about whether white nationalism is a threat:

  7. What do you think best explains this difference?

  8. Explain how the racial demographics of the Democratic and Republican party impact this difference about whether white nationalism is a threat.*

  9. What is one consequence of this party difference regarding the threat of white nationalism?

  10. What impact do you think the current President has had on this data?

  11. In your opinion, how much of a threat is white nationalism?

  12. What is the difference between white nationalism and racism?

  13. According to the most recent HuffPost/YouGov poll, 77 percent of Democrats think Trump supports white nationalism, but only 10 percent of Republicans agree. What do you think?

  14. Based on this and the 52 point difference in party opinion on the severity of white nationalism in the chart above, my student Frederick argued that it would be fair to say that we live in two different countries. Make a claim about whether America has become two different countries.

  15. What impact does the news media have on the large differences in opinion?

  16. Democratic politicians, including many of the 2020 contenders, have called the president a “white nationalist” and a “white supremacist,” and have been outspoken in saying that Trump’s rhetoric incites violence. Explain whether you think this will be a successful electoral strategy.

  17. According to a survey from the Pew Research Center conducted in May — prior to the El Paso attack — large majorities of both Democrats and Republicans said that when elected officials use “heated or aggressive language” to talk about certain people or groups, it makes violence against those people more likely. A majority of respondents from both parties also agreed that politicians should avoid “heated language” because they think it could encourage violence. do you think the President avoids heated language?

  18. Do you think the President should avoid heated language?

  19. In 2017, after the Unit The Right white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, President Trump held a press conference defending white nationalists saying they included “some very fine people,” and that “You also had some very fine people on both sides.” Were you surprised to hear the President of the United States refer to white nationalists as “very fine people”?

  20. In 1776, when Thomas Jefferson wrote the immortal lines of the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” there were more than 500,000 Black Americans were enslaved, and Thomas Jefferson, himself, enslaved over 100 humans. How does that history impact race relations in America today?

  21. What part of the federal government would most likely be tasked with protecting the United States against white nationalism?

Visual Extension*


Learning Extension

Check out the Southern Poverty Law Center’s interactive Map of Hate in the U.S. and see where hate lives in your state.

Action Extension

Contact the President or a top Democratic candidate for President and tell them what you think they should do about white nationalism.






AP Studio Art

Now draw what you have learned about the difference in perception of the threat of white nationalism. Take 10 or 20 seconds. That’s all you need. Nothing fancy. Don’t expect a masterpiece. Draw with symbols or stick figures if you wish. Now Look at your drawing. You’ve got it. That’s all.

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AP US Government and Football

The fans of which major American sports league are the most pro-Trump and which are the most pro-Democratic?

  1. Seriously?

  2. How accurate/lucky was your prediction?

  3. Are there any groups that we don't have statistics on regarding their support for Trump? (i.e., Cutlery Owners; Ambidextrous Actors; Reptile Enthusiasts)?

  4. What does this data tell us about America?

  5. We are divided in politics, but are we united in sports?

  6. Why do you think College Football fans are such big Trump supporters?

  7. Why do you think NBA fans are so pro-Democratic?

  8. What is a consequence of the division shown in these charts?

  9. Which sport do you think Trump personally likes the best?

  10. There have been recent protests by NFL players refusing to stand during the national anthem because of American racism. Have there been protests in other leagues?

  11. A friend of mine said she was going to kneel during the national anthem at this week's Carolina Panthers game to protest all the players kneeling during the national anthem. Is there any issue, or can you think of anything that would upset you enough to cause you to protest during the national anthem?

  12. Do you think that the players protesting racism during the national anthem have gotten their point across to the pubic?

  13. Have these protests made America less racist?

  14. Why do we play the national anthem at sporting events, anyway?

  15. What NFL market (metropolitan area where team is centered) is the most Pro-Trump and the least Pro-Trump?*

Learning Extension

Read the FiveThirtyEight story about sports and politics in the US.

Action Extension

Contact the White House and ask the POTUS which sport he likes the best. Share his answer in class or online. You can submit your question online or by phone at - Comments: 202-456-1111

Bonus Charts*

Random Bonus Chart For Absolutely No Good Reason except that it is the Monday after Friday the Thirteenth.

Bonus Question

  1. What is the most popular unisex name in the US?


Suburban Voters

AP US Government and Politics

We know that most urban voters are Democrats and most rural voters are Republicans. But are suburban voters more likely to identify as Democrats or Republicans?

AP US Government and Politics

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What has happened to Republican support in urban areas over the past 20 years?

  3. What is one cause of this urban tilt?

  4. What has happened to Democratic support in rural areas over the past 20 years?

  5. What is one cause of this rural tilt?

  6. How much does the data in the chart accurately describe the place where you live?

  7. If you had to make a statement regarding party affiliation of rural versus urban voters what would it be?

  8. Can you think of a mnemonic device to help remember your party affiliation statement from question 7?

  9. Why do you think rural voters are so pro-Republican?

  10. Why do you think urban voters are so pro-Democratic?

  11. Based on the data above, what information do we need to know in order to predict the outcome of an election?

  12. It's a fact that people who register as independents generally vote for the same party year after year in elections. Why do these people who regularly lean in one direction register as independents?

  13. What is one advantage to registering as a member of a political party?

  14. Can non-citizens vote in federal elections?*

  15. Can non-citizens run for federal office?*

  16. Can naturalized citizens become U.S. Representatives or Senators?*

  17. Can naturalized citizens become U.S. President?*

  18. If subhumans are less than human, are suburbanites less than urbanites?

  19. What is one consequence of this big rural urban divide in America?

  20. How much has this urban/rural party affiliation divide grown over the past two decades, and if it continues, what will this urban/rural party affiliation divide look like in two more decades?

  21. How has this urban/rural divide impacted the Trump presidency?


11. No

12. No

13. Yes

14. Heck No!

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Learning Extension

Check out all the fabulous charts in the Pew Research Center report on trends in party affiliation.

Action Extension

Create a mnemonic device to remember the party affiliation leanings of Americans based on race, gender, education, and generation. Share your mnemonic in class or online.

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Switching Parties

AP US Government and Politics

Party identification is sticky, meaning that year after year, most people stay in the same party. What percentage of Americans switched parties in 2017?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What is the big story here?

  3. Why do you think that is?

  4. What is one consequence of the fact that so few people switch parties?

  5. Explain whether this story is good or bad news.

  6. What do you think is the main motivation for people to switch parties?

  7. My grandfather switched parties during the Reagan administration. My father in law switched parties during the Obama administration. Do you know anyone who has ever switched parties?

  8. Who was the last major political figure who switched political parties?

  9. What would the party with which you currently identify have to do to make you immediately switch to the other major party?

  10. Over the past year, 22% of people who identified as independents (neither Democrat or Republican) moved towards a political party. Why do you think that change occurred?

  11. What age group do you think is most likely to switch parties?*

  12. Why do you think that is? 

  13. How much did President Trump impact party switching?*

  14. Over the past year, 23% of young Republicans (age 18-29) defected from the party. Why do you think that is?

  15. What is one thing the Republican Party could do to get these voters back?

  16. What question do you have about this data?

  17. Explain whether party switching will become more frequent in the future.

  18. The other day, Donald Trump's Twitter account was deleted for 11 minutes. If political parties were suddenly deleted, but permanently, how do you think this would impact American politics?

  19. Republicans are known as elephants and Democrats, as donkeys. What would be the best mascot for people who switch parties?

  20. Switching Parties sort of sounds like a song title. In the comments section name the artist most likely to record this song:

Learning Extension

Check out this Pew report on party switching.

Action Extension

Find one person who has ever switched parties. Interview them to find out what made them switch. Share your results in class or online.

Visual Extension*

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Political Party Identification

AP US Government and Politics

What demographic group has the strongest Republican Party identification?

Pew Research Center

AP US Government and Politics

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What most surprised you about this chart?

  3. Describe any trends you can identify in the data.

  4. How did the information in the chart impact the 2016 presidential election?

  5. How did the information from the chart impact the 2018 midterm election?

  6. Why do you think Mormons voters identify so strongly with the Republican Party?

  7. Why do you think Black voters identify so strongly with the Democratic Party?

  8. Which of the groups listed in the chart is the largest in population?

  9. Which of the groups listed in the chart is growing most quickly?

  10. Of the parties listed in the chart, which has support from demographic groups that are growing the most quickly?

  11. What information that this chart does not include would help you determine who will most likely win the next election?

  12. Which of the groups in the chart are you a part of?

  13. How accurately does the data from the chart reflect your own party identification?

  14. Imagine you are having a conversation with any one of the groups listed above. Explain to them why they are wrong to support the party they tilt towards.

  15. If you were a Republican political party operative, what about the chart would cause you the most concern and what would make you the most excited?

  16. In the comments section, explain how the information from the charts will affect strategy and the outcome of the 2020 presidential election?

  17. Overall, describe how Democrats and Republicans compare in terms of total support.

  18. Explain then, with this advantage, why Democrats don’t always win elections.

  19. Describe how political socialization impacts the data from the chart above.

  20. Based on the chart above and your knowledge of American politics, respond to the following claim: if people just voted as Americans instead of as Jewish-Americans, White Southern-Americans, Mormon-Americans, etc., our country would be more united.

Visual Extension

Gender, education, age divides in party affiliation

Learning Extension

Read the entire Pew Report on party identification.

Action Extension

Contact the Republican Party or the Democratic Party and, based on the data in the chart, explain to them what electoral strategy they should adopt.

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