Forty Four Percent, Two Hundred Thousand Dollars, Thirty Eight Percent discussed on All Things Considered

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And others hid under their desks from the gunman and we will update you as we learn more as the divide deepens between republicans and democrats in today's heated political climate the two parties appeared to no less and less about each other very bake in junior is a political writer for fivethirtyeight he's into recent research about the partisan divide his story is called democrats are wrong about republicans republicans are wrong about democrats perry bacon junior welcome to the studio thanks for having me you looked primarily at a study published in the journal of politics and these two researchers tried to suss out the misperceptions that voters have about people in the other party how did this research work so what they did was they did a poll where they asked people about kind of stereotypical groups in each party for example how many blacks and the democratic party and how many evangelical in the republican party about twenty five percent of democrats are black republicans think about forty six percent of democrats are black about six percent of democrats are gay lesbian or bisexual republicans thought about thirty eight percent of them are on the republican side about two percent of republicans make more than two hundred thousand dollars a year democrats thought forty four percent of republicans made that much about thirty six percent of republicans are southerners democrats thought the number was forty four percent now why do you think that is i think there are to us relations one is i think people are just not great at math for example it is true that most blacks vote democratic but this is not true that therefore most democrats are black the second factor here i would say is media coverage and what i mean by that is the stereotypes of the parties in the media are really deep the media every four years maybe every two years says democrat ex can only win if blacks vote for them in huge numbers and republican ex can only win if evangelical over them in huge numbers so i'm not surprised that people have internalized deeply those stereotypes and maybe over internalize them another way to think of this is the idea that just like advertising or commercial branding now we kind of see party identity as part of our own identity which makes it really high stakes if you're arguing about the old days it used to be you know the parties were about like text balls republicans want lower texas democrats higher texas but now you have the parties that are not just divided on policy but also on identity like when party has become j not just about policy but also about who you are that makes it much harder to resolve conflicts is why when people say they want to go to thanksgiving dinner but they don't wanna see their friends and support the the party that's why because they're now not is arguing over politics they're arguing over race and religion and geography and all these like deeply personal things did any of these researchers tell you how this might be solved they did not tell me there's not a lot of optimism about solving this problem in part because although one of my colleagues do some work with the new america foundation and his name is leads redmond one of his ideas is if we have more parties a bernie sanders party a hillary clinton party a jon huntsman party and a donald trump party and those are different views in the party so there are a lot of republicans for example who are uncomfortable the way trump talks about racial issues but their view is if i vote for democrats i lose on texas and i lose on other things that i care about but if you had more parties in it and it was easier for like us a third or fourth party to win you might not have the polarization where every person who's like deeply religious faith like they have been there hogan party even if on taxes they grew the democrats that's perry bacon junior he's a political writer for five thirty eight thanks so much for speaking with us thank you really you're listening to all things considered from npr news in a in atlantic city casino after casino have shut down in recent years they've left thousands of people out of work now there's some good news two of the big casinos have reopened under new owners npr's jeff brady reports many atlantic city hope this is the start of a turnaround atlantic city is trying to remake itself from simply a gambling destination to.

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