Unpacking Georgia’s Controversial New Voting Law

Georgia’s newest voting legislation has stirred up a hurricane of political sensationalism and media bias this month, leaving much of the public confused about what the law actually does and why it remains controversial. The bill, titled “Election Integrity Act of 2021” or SB 202 , was...
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It’s Not Just Them: Research Suggests Irrational Biases Across the Political Spectrum

In our increasingly polarized age, it has become commonplace to attribute our political opponents’ beliefs to their irrationality. Advancements in psychology seem to validate this view: we are prone to confirmation bias, engage in motivated reasoning, and become self-insulated in social...
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Surveys Show Republican Voters Actually Support Increasing the Minimum Wage, Just Not to $15/Hour

U.S. Congress will consider a $15 minimum wage for the second time soon. Joe Biden and most congressional Democrats want to more than double the minimum hourly wage from its current level of $7.25. Although Democrats have this policy goal, survey data (see below) show that the majority of...
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Surveys Say Republicans and Democrats Both Support International Cooperation, Alliances

In terms of foreign policy, there are misleading stereotypes of Democrats and Republicans. Supposedly, Democrats are strongly supportive of international cooperation, while Republicans are nationalistic, wanting to focus on America before other countries. Yet surveys of Republicans...
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Are Republicans or Democrats More Compassionate? Research Says It May Be a Trick Question

We know the stereotypes of “bleeding heart” liberals, compared with conservatives who are supposedly less caring. But what does academic research say on the topic of which party is more compassionate? According to research published by Dr. Meri Long of the University of Pittsburgh,...
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Surveys Show that Democrats — Not Just Republicans — are Proud to be American

From the Left This view is from a writer rated Lean Left. Surveys show majorities of Democrats and Republicans are proud to be American, preferring life in the U.S. to any other place. Many people agree on key aspects of what it means to be a “true American.” A false narrative popular...
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Reducing Polarization: Research Says Typical Republicans and Democrats are Moderate, Only Talk Politics Occasionally

Animosity towards members of an opposing political party has substantially worsened in recent years. But much of what we know about polarization and citizens’ attitudes to their political opponents may be wrong. \When Democrats and Republicans say they reflexively dislike each other, they...
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When Republicans and Democrats Live in Alternate Universes

Donald Trump and Joe Biden lead two different political parties with two vastly different ideologies and two dramatically different sets of policy, cultural and societal goals. But the biggest contrast between their respective political conventions has not been about COVID-19, or taxes or...
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Republicans and Democrats Switch Stances on Trade, Syria, Immigration

While there can certainly be a lot of ideological diversity among members of the same political party, Republicans and Democrats generally share the same stances on key issues as their fellow party members. So when ideas switch parties entirely, things can get interesting. Today, issues...
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Illegal ballot harvesting caused a do-over House election in North Carolina. What are the pros and cons?

A U.S. House special election in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district on Tuesday is essentially a do-over after a candidate’s 2018 victory was negated by allegations of illegal ballot harvesting . The election could flip a longtime Republican district, and has shifted national...
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Political Polarization in America, in Two Fascinating Charts

Polarization in America is something I've been able to get a clear sense of when reading the news or checking social media, but ever since I saw these two charts illustrating the problem, I haven't been able to get them out of my head. The first, from The Economist (Lean Left media bias...
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