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posted by janrinok on Monday January 27 2020, @05:46PM   Printer-friendly

Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:

Political polarization among Americans has grown rapidly in the last 40 years—more than in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia or Germany—a phenomenon possibly due to increased racial division, the rise of partisan cable news and changes in the composition of the Democratic and Republican parties.

That's according to new research co-authored by Jesse Shapiro, a professor of political economy at Brown University. The study, conducted alongside Stanford University economists Levi Boxell and Matthew Gentzkow, was released on Monday, Jan. 20, as a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper.

In the study, Shapiro and colleagues present the first ever multi-nation evidence on long-term trends in "affective polarization"—a phenomenon in which citizens feel more negatively toward other political parties than toward their own. They found that in the U.S., affective polarization has increased more dramatically since the late 1970s than in the eight other countries they examined—the U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Switzerland, Norway and Sweden.

"A lot of analysis on polarization is focused on the U.S., so we thought it could be interesting to put the U.S. in context and see whether it is part of a global trend or whether it looks more exceptional," Shapiro said. "We found that the trend in the U.S. is indeed exceptional."

Using data from four decades of public opinion surveys conducted in the nine countries, the researchers used a so-called "feeling thermometer" to rate attitudes on a scale from 0 to 100, where 0 reflected no negative feelings toward other parties. They found that in 1978, the average American rated the members of their own political party 27 points higher than members of the other major party. By 2016, Americans were rating their own party 45.9 points higher than the other party, on average. In other words, negative feelings toward members of the other party compared to one's own party increased by an average of 4.8 points per decade.

The researchers found that polarization had also risen in Canada, New Zealand and Switzerland in the last 40 years, but to a lesser extent. In the U.K., Australia, Germany, Norway and Sweden, polarization decreased.

More information: Levi Boxell et al, Cross-Country Trends in Affective Polarization, (2020). DOI: 10.3386/w26669

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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 28 2020, @10:45PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 28 2020, @10:45PM (#950290)

    Do you not understand what i was saying, or are you just spewing the same regurgitated lies like religious dogma? I didn't say i wasn't a racialist, or protective over my race's right to exist. I was pointing out that "Nazi" is a slur that means "hillbilly" or "bumkin", "rube", and that not all White Nationalists (or so-called conservatives) are National Socialists and to call everyone "Nazis" is just Jew/Khazar propaganda. There was no such thing as Nazi Germany, That in itself is propaganda. There was Germany under NSDAP rule. It's pitiful that the same people who are so worried about evil "Nazis" gaining a foothold, are simultaneously implementing National Socialist and other authoritarian policies and laws, and want to throw everyone in jail, or Jew-ordered Aryan forced labor/death camps like in soviet Russia, if they don't do what they're told.

    I should state that i don't hate all members of any other race/tribe, including Jews. I think they should have their own country if they can keep it. Regular Jews, while taught from birth that the barbarians are all out to get them for no reason, are ignorant of what their top 1-2% do, just like Aryans fund their governments' foreign wars and self-harming domestic policies, many times paying for and/or blindly volunteering to kill their racial cousins oversees based on lies and justified with PsyOps like Buchenwald. Here's some typical Jew propaganda about Buchenwald: []

    That being said, the International Jew at the top of the pyramid, has made slave states of many nations and is involved in White Genocide, using various means, including Replacement Immigration. This is just a continuation of ancient wars between the tribes and races and the Aryans are actually being exterminated, like the Jews lied about being done to them.

    Some documentaries to watch, of varying quality, but each with interesting claims to research. This info is why the International Jew-dominated US congress is so interested in regulating Internet companies now. If people learn that they have been lied to about WWI, WWII and everything about their governments and financial systems, the slaves might revolt, and these international criminal parasites can't have that.
    Adolf Hitler: The Greatest Story Never Told
    Adolf Hitler: A Last Appeal to Reason
    Hellstorm: The Real Genocide of Nazi Germany
    Europa: The Last Battle (some overlap with Adolf Hitler: The Greatest Story Never Told)
    The Criminal Jews from Israel who Control Ukraine - Holodomor 2.0 Documentary
    We Need To Talk About The Jews
    Farmlands, and to a lesser extent Borderless, by Laura Southern

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 28 2020, @11:26PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 28 2020, @11:26PM (#950314)

    You need to drop the period on the end of that link for it to work.