Is America Really So Divided?
A Polarized Nation?
Alan Abramowitz, author of The Disappearing Center: Engaged Citizens, Polarization and American Democracy and a political science professor at Emory University, disagrees and says America is sharply polarized. However, it may actually be good for democracy, he muses. He argues that “it certainly has not depressed interest or participation” in politics – in fact, “just the opposite.” People feel strongly and are motivated to get involved. “There's something to be said for having relatively clear choices.