Culture Wars/Current Controversies

Voters in west divided more by identity than issues, survey finds

In a tribalistic society, people vote with their tribe, not with issues or policies. “Our guy is our guy” no matter what his policies are or what he actually does.

By Jon Henley, The Guardian

People are divided more deeply by identity than by issues, according to a survey that suggests culture wars are fuelled mostly by partisanship and that voters have more in common than many think.

The YouGov-Cambridge Globalism Project found that in particularly polarised countries including the US and UK, political clans that profess mutual loathing often align on the substance of debates, even in highly charged areas such as sexism and racism.

The findings confirm a growing phenomenon known as affective polarisation – a “them versus us” mentality that places animosity towards political opponents above almost all other considerations – that is alarming political scientists.

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