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Partisan Polarization

  1. 2022 midterms
    Why 2022 Won’t Be Another 1994 Republican Tidal WaveLindsey Graham’s prediction of an impending red wave ignores several key factors behind the GOP’s historic gains in Bill Clinton’s first midterm.
  2. politics
    Is Presidential Popularity Now All About Partisanship?Biden’s job-approval ratings are even steadier than Trump’s, suggesting a president’s party may be more important than his actions. It’s a scary idea.
  3. democrats
    Democrats Are Shooting for the Moon in 2021, and That’s OkayThe usual choice between getting things done and holding on to power is no choice at all for Democrats right now.
  4. politics
    Biden’s Steady Popularity Depends on Near-Universal Democratic SupportBiden seems to have figured out how to keep his party happy without mobilizing the opposition. But avoiding midterm losses will still be tricky.
  5. gridlock
    Today’s Gridlock Is Like a 19th-Century NightmareWe’re experiencing the instability and close partisan competition of the Gilded Age along with the big differences and fury of the 1850s.
  6. politics
    Give Biden a BreakThe left and the media have lost perspective. He’s soon going to sign an enormous, progressive stimulus bill and get his Cabinet confirmed.
  7. conservatism
    The $15 Minimum-Wage Debate Clarifies the Partisan Economic DivideRepublican “populists” oppose a $15 minimum wage because they stand for predatory small-business owners, not working people.
  8. president’s job approval
    Record Polarization Underlies Biden’s Otherwise Normal Job Approval RatingBiden’s impossibly popular among Democrats, and improbably unpopular among Republicans. His relative strength among independents could be key.
  9. covid-19 stimulus
    Second Stimulus Deal May Be Last Gasp of BipartisanshipDemocratic underperformance in the election and Republican underestimation of the pandemic made a deal possible. But don’t count on much else.
  10. presidential job approval
    Will Joe Biden Get a Public Opinion ‘Honeymoon?’He’ll probably be more popular at the start of his presidency than Trump was. How much that helps him achieve his agenda is another matter.
  11. vision 2020
    Americans Are Becoming More Open to Post-Election ViolenceA study found growing bipartisan tolerance for political unrest, reflecting both Trump’s efforts to delegitimize the election and deeper divisions.
  12. vision 2020
    Americans Reach Peak Partisan Polarization Under TrumpThe biggest danger sign for Trump is that independents don’t like him much at all.
  13. conservatism
    Polarization Isn’t the Problem, But Human Identity Politics May Be the SolutionEzra Klein’s new book on polarization alerts liberals and conservatives to their species’ unifying affinity for identity-based divisiveness.
  14. vision 2020
    Republicans Follow Trump in Believing the Worst of the Coronavirus Is OverPartisan polarization on COVID-19 has spiked again as Republicans believe Trump’s claim that the worst is over.
  15. coronavirus
    Voting by Mail Helped Democrats in Wisconsin — a LotNormally Republicans are as likely as Democrats to vote by mail. Not in Wisconsin, say findings that may intensify polarization on voting rules.
  16. politics
    Partisan Polarization Reaching Record LevelsTrump’s more popular with Republicans than Reagan, less popular with independents than Carter. It’s not just elites who are polarized.
  17. vision 2020
    ‘Checks and Balances’ Voters Could Reelect TrumpVoters who oscillate between the two parties may produce the very abuses of power they claim to fear.
  18. vision 2020
    Commies Versus the Klan? Democrats and Republicans Have a Dim View of Each OtherRepublicans think Democrats are socialists, and Democrats think Republicans are racists. One or both of them may be right, but nobody will be civil.
  19. vision 2020
    Trump Is Achieving Peak PolarizationYou either love him or hate him, and fact that the in-between is vanishing carries implications for 2020.
  20. 2020 senate elections
    Susan Collins’s Approval Rating Dives As Reelection Contest ApproachesThe senator is losing popularity and is lashed to a president who is even more unpopular than she is in Maine.
  21. voting rights
    Democrats’ Voting-Rights Push Could Begin a Third ReconstructionPartisan polarization over voting rights shows how much political power, now as in the 1860s and 1960s, depends on who participates in democracy.
  22. ‘Baby Breitbarts’ Might Be the Future of Local NewspapersThe Tennessee Star is a far-right outlet disguised as a traditional paper. And it’s influencing local politics while staying in the black.
  23. The Psychology of TribalismOur polarized, group-oriented politics is thousands of years in the making.
  24. In the Trump Era, America Is Racing Toward Peak PolarizationWe’re increasingly divided between people who think Trump’s doing a fine job, and people who think Congress should take steps to impeach him.