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Political Ideology

Less Divided than We Look

Will Friedman, Ph.D | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Will Friedman, Ph.D

Are we becoming a more polarized people? Media coverage generally reinforces what is most conflicted about our politics. This adds up to a highly polarized and dysfunctional national politics.

Why Ideology Is Not the Only Way to Approach Political Discourse

Michael Morgenstern | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Michael Morgenstern

Ideology is overly broad. It simplifies arguments, obscuring inconsistency of thought and differences between individuals. It provides security and community at the expense of this simplification.

An Educator's Lament: Part III -- Stakes of Our Educational Demise

Dave Pruett | Posted 08.13.2014 | Education
Dave Pruett

Inadequately educated citizens see the world in black and white, settle for sound bites rather than discourse, fail to distinguish information from disinformation, and succumb to manipulation by clever attack ads and faux news.

The Chicken or the Egg? Polarized Media in an Increasingly Polarized World

Lindsay Hoffman | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Lindsay Hoffman

Continuing with my "Blog Blog Project," I am publishing student voices from my classes at the University of Delaware. This blog was voted best by her ...

The Art Of Sleeping With The Enemy

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 12.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peggy Drexler

I have good friends. They are in a mixed marriage: she's a Republican, he's a Democrat. Both take their respective affiliations seriously. They've always made their union of political opposites work. But this season, there is coolness in the political air.

Growing Into Political Maturity

Stephanie Rayburn | Posted 11.07.2012 | Denver
Stephanie Rayburn

I am grateful to have moved beyond the blinders of my family's politics. I am grateful to know my own mind, one that is progressive and liberal, and that neither of those are dirty words (and neither is conservative, for the record).

How Family Communication Can Influence Our Political Identities

Lindsay Hoffman | Posted 09.15.2012 | College
Lindsay Hoffman

An election year is the perfect time to think about what influence our own family communication patterns have had on our political orientations and behaviors, as well as those of our children.

PHOTOS: Art On The Walls Of Cuba

Tyler Wetherall | Posted 09.07.2012 | Travel
Tyler Wetherall

Here, there are no billboards. Instead, it's a constant interplay between state-sponsored murals and guerilla graffiti artists.

Reflections on the Primaries

D. Robert Worley | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

There aren't too many things that can be satisfactorily explained with a single, two-valued variable like left-right. And I never found satisfying a discussion of which of the Republican candidateswas farther right or who was more conservative.

The Best Policy Depends on the Context, Not the Political Party

Paul Heroux | Posted 06.09.2012 | Politics
Paul Heroux

By targeting risk factors and having specific solutions, we can expect to prevent most crime before we have to punish it. Be wary when you hear politicians promoting one-step solutions to crime. The real world is complicated and so are the solutions.

Does College Make You Liberal -- or Do Liberals Make Colleges?

Chris Mooney | Posted 05.01.2012 | Science
Chris Mooney

Rick Santorum is absolutely right that higher education is a liberal and secular force in our society at present. But he's also highly simplistic in his view that it creates liberals or atheists -- or that it intentionally discriminates against conservatives or the devout.

The Fourth Way

Al Checchi | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
Al Checchi

We need to develop a "Fourth Way," the American Way -- neither left, right, or bipartisan, but a non partisan common sense program for American civic renewal.

Determining Your Place on the Political Spectrum

Chloe Spencer | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics
Chloe Spencer

The political spectrum is the range of political attitudes of the public, going gradually from extreme to moderate to extreme: radical, liberal, moder...

Wanted: 1,000 Pastors For the Poor

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.16.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

There is a policy myth is that churches and charities alone could take care of the problems of poverty -- especially if we slashed taxes. But this really has more to do with libertarian political ideology than good theology.

The Myth of a Conservative Public

Alan Abramowitz | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
Alan Abramowitz

Despite gains made by the Republican Party, support for activist government remains very strong. Evidence from Gallup shows that Americans tend to be ideological conservatives but operational liberals.

Yes, We Still Post 'Outliers"

Huffington Post | Emily Swanson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Editor's note for those new to Pollster: 'Outliers' is a feature we ordinarily try to post on a near daily basis. Our aim is to point to analysis else...

Conservatives Outnumber Liberals More Than Two To One (POLL)

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Conservatives maintained and built on their numerical advantage over liberals in the first half of 2010, a new Gallup poll finds. According to the po...

America's Most Prominent Emerging Poets Respond to the Obama Administration

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Rachel Zucker and Arielle Greenberg asked one hundred of the best-known emerging American poets to respond with a poem for each of Obama's first 100 days. The resulting anthology is very revealing.

Our Biggest "Toxic Asset": Ideology

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

By extending a hand to the right wing, President Obama is doing more than promoting bipartisanship. He's running a reality check.