Despite the unpopularity of President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress, Democrats are fretting about the 2018 elections. Can “I’m with her” moderates and Bernie Sanders-supporting leftists join forces? Or will the party be torn apart by internal divisions?
Reassuring new research suggests those perceived differences aren’t all that real. It reports that, contrary to conventional wisdom, the attitudes of American liberals are more internally aligned than those of their conservative counterparts.
Peter Ondish and Chadly Stern, psychologists at the University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign, argue that liberals’ love of individualism can make effective group activism more of a challenge. But worries that they are fundamentally split on policy positions appear to be overblown.
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