Political Polarization is a two way street

polarization

Visualization by Renzo Lucioni

Accordingp to the non partisan Pew Research Center report, the Democratic Party is getting more liberal. With the increased conservativism of the Republican it’s no wonder there is a seeming  inability of  Democratic and Republican Party elected officials to work together.

And, it may partially explain why both Democratic and Republican Parties in Oregon continue to shrink.

Of particular interest in the Pew report is that of the six questions asked, on four of those six, moderate/conservative Democrats are closer to moderate/liberal Republicans than they are to liberal Democrats.

While some overlap  could be expected, if you also compare moderate/conservative Democrats to conservative Republicans, the moderate/conservative Democrats are closer to conservative Republicans on two of the six questions than they are to their own liberal party mates!

If you drill down a bit more you find that of all Democrats, 34% consider themselves liberal, while 63% consider themselves moderate/conservative. In the Republican Party, only 32% consider themselves moderate/liberal while 67% consider themselves conservative.  If you take those ideological breakdowns within the parties, and use it in analyzing the answers to the questions you discover that two thirds of the time ( four out of six questions) almost two thirds of all Democrats (63%) are closer to 32% of the Republicans than they are to their own  liberal party mates. And, more startling a third of the time (two of six questions), two thirds of  Democratic Party members are closer to 100% of Republicans than they are to 32% of their own party.

Astounding. But it is evidence that the self described liberal wing of the  Democratic Party is moving away from a governing consensus.

 

 

 

 

 

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