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Why We Are So Politically Divided   

The presidency of Donald Trump ushered in a seemingly unprecedented level of polarization and acrimony. This intensity may not be a coincidence as the differing preferences of Trump’s supporters and Trump’s opponents reflect a timeless, foundational societal division. By paying particular attention to the issue objectives distinguishing Trump’s strongest supporters from those who are not his strongest supporters—especially those who are not his strongest supporters but still label themselves ideologically conservative—explore the reasons for the current, somewhat dismal, state of politics and democracy. We will also address the differences between Trump’s base and others portend for the future of American politics even as Trump’s time in the political limelight may be ending. Whatever your own political beliefs, it is valuable to understand the motivations of those who disagree with you.


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