Got Science? Reasons for Hope About Political Polarization

July 11, 2014 1:45 PM

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Got Science? Reasons for Hope About Political Polarization

With hyper-partisanship in Congress stalling government action and blocking science-based decision-making in recent years, it's little wonder that Congress' public approval rating is at an all-time, single-digit low. But are Americans' views really as polarized as our national politics suggest? New data from the Pew Research Center reveal some illuminating -- and heartening -- surprises on the subject.

Most of the headlines about Pew's study (the first of a planned series of five on the subject) emphasized the discouraging main finding: In a detailed poll of more than 10,000 Americans, the researchers found more political polarization in the United States than at anytime in the past two decades.

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