The next poll I took asked “How important is it for political parties to compromise with each other on laws and issues?”

Here are the results:

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Again, good results. But again, it differs from the actuality in most of the nation. Interestingly, 41.1% reported that they identified with the Republican party, 19.6% Democrat, 23.2% Libertarian, and 16.1% identified as other.

Compromise is a dirty word these days, at least in the legislative world.

“This is not an accident. Ours is a system focused not on collective problem-solving but on a struggle for power between two private organizations. Party activists control access to the ballot through closed party primaries and conventions; partisan leaders design congressional districts. Once elected to Congress, our representatives are divided into warring camps. Partisans decide what bills to take up, what witnesses to hear, what amendments to allow,” Mickey Edwards writes. “And I’m not pushing for harmony: democracy depends on vigorous debate among competing views. The problem is not division but partisanship—advantage-seeking by private clubs whose central goal is to win political power.”

I highly suggest reading his entire article, it’s got some great ideas.

Additionally, I conducted a third poll which asked “How upset do you get when someone expresses views that are opposite from yours?”

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Yes, I did give the option for silly answers. But, the best choice still reigned supreme. It’s almost like these college kids are stating to realize you can’t run the country by being a cunt.

Anyways, Pew did another study in 2016 over Partisanship in the legislative process:

“For the first time in surveys dating to 1992, majorities in both parties express not just unfavorable but very unfavorable views of the other party. And today, sizable shares of both Democrats and Republicans say the other party stirs feelings of not just frustration, but fear and anger. More than half of Democrats (55%) say the Republican Party makes them “afraid,” while 49% of Republicans say the same about the Democratic Party. Among those highly engaged in politics – those who say they vote regularly and either volunteer for or donate to campaigns – fully 70% of Democrats and 62% of Republicans say they are afraid of the other party.”

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I encourage you to read the rest of that Pew article. Disclaimer: It’s very worrisome.

Yes We Can Make America Great Again.

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