Is America Really So Divided?
A Polarized Nation?
“How can both of those things be true?” asks Wagner, who studies how well democracy works, why people do what they do and how it affects the country. The answer, Wagner says, is that we are not as simple as we seem and our ideology is more multidimensional than either of these approaches suggest. “The problem with the research examining polarization and the problem with media coverage looking at it is it assumes that everyone thinks of themselves and behaves as a liberal or a conservative,” he says.