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One nation, divisible: The polarization of the American electorate

As the U.S. presidential election shifts into the major party convention phase the question arises, how politically polarized are we? As this discussion details, while our political discourse may not have reached historical depths of incivility, sometimes it sure feels that way.

And statistically, both politicians and voters are more polarized now than ever before.

Dr. Cornell Clayton directs the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University. Dr. Travis Ridout is a Thomas S. Foley Distinguished Professor of Government and Public Policy at WSU.

They joined KUOW’s Ross Reynolds in a Humanities Washington Think & Drink discussion at Naked City Brewery on July 12. 

Year started with KUOW: 2006