Political Polarization

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  1. What is the meaning of political polarization?

  2. Use political polarization in a sentence (that won’t come back to haunt you):

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Definition

Political Polarization: the vast and growing gap between liberals and conservatives, Republicans and Democrats – is a defining feature of American politics today. Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan acrimony is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in recent history. And these trends manifest themselves in myriad ways, both in politics and in everyday life. Today 92% of Republicans are to the right of the median Democrat, and 94% of Democrats are to the left of the median Republican

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Republicans and Democrats are more politically polarized and divided along ideological lines – than at any point in recent history. “Ideological silos” are now common on both the left and right. People with down-the-line ideological positions – especially conservatives – are more likely than others to say that most of their close friends share their political views. Liberals and conservatives disagree over where they want to live, the kind of people they want to live around and even whom they would welcome into their families.

Current Events

Red America, Blue America: Why Political Polarization Will Only Worsen

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Questions

  1. What is political polarization?

  2. Describe an instance of political polarization in your life?

  3. What has caused growing political polarization in the U.S.?

  4. What is a consequence of the growing political polarization in the U.S.?

  5. Has the current President increased or decreased American Political Polarization?

AP Studio Art

Now draw political polarization 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.