Four Steps for Depolarizing with Mass Messaging: The Power of Commonality, Uniqueness, Elevation, and Togetherness

Political sides in the U.S. have the potential to see each other in highly negative ways. They can see each other as an out-group that is distant, stereotyped, lesser, and to be avoided, as I argued in my last article . This article focuses on the corresponding solutions. Each of those...
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We’re on a Hill, They’re in a Valley: The Four Steps that Happen When Animosity Grows Toward the Other Political Party

What happens if animosity grows toward those in the other political party? What are negative ways we can feel about any group that is not our own? These are not just academic questions, but they are important to answer in order to figure out how to reduce political polarization. This...
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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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Story of the Week: Vaccine Outlook Improves; Some States Loosen Pandemic Restrictions

Sign up here to receive the Story of the Week in your inbox every Thursday. President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the U.S. will now have enough COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate all adults by the end of May, two months sooner than the previously-predicted July. Amid that expansion and...
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Democrats and Republicans Actually Both Support These Free Speech Positions

Many Americans share the misperception that America is divided on freedom of speech issues. People on different sides disagree about what constitutes hate speech, what types of speech should be protected, and whether suppression of speech can be productive. However, some recent surveys...
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Unpacking Media Bias in Coverage of Rand Paul, Rachel Levine Exchange

Media bias was on full display following an exchange during Dr. Rachel Levine’s confirmation hearing last Thursday in front of the U.S. Senate. Dr. Levine is President Joe Biden’s nominee for Assistant Secretary of Health and is transgender. During the hearing, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who...
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Story of the Week: Supreme Court Issues Key Decisions

Sign up here to receive the Story of the Week in your inbox every Thursday. The Supreme Court met at the end of last week on several matters, and made two key decisions. It voted to allow the Manhattan, N.Y. district attorney to pursue former President Donald Trump's tax returns, and it...
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Minneapolis Just Voted to Fund the Police. Why Isn’t That Getting More Coverage?

From the Center This viewpoint is from a writer rated Center. Minneapolis, the city where a worldwide movement began last summer after the death of George Floyd, is back in the news again. Well, not really. There are undoubtedly newsworthy things happening in Minnesota. The Minneapolis...
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Reducing Polarization: Learn That the Other Side Thinks of You More Positively Than You Expect

From the Center This viewpoint is from a writer rated Center. As friendships and family relationships continue to strain or break over political disagreements, Americans are learning firsthand about a new kind of political polarization: affective polarization . Affective polarization is...
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