In October last year, Pew Research published a wide-ranging report on the changing attitudes of American voter blocs over the last 23 years, and came to the conclusion that the country has never been more polarized. The report states:
The divisions between Republicans and Democrats on fundamental political values – on government, race, immigration, national security, environmental protection and other areas – reached record levels during Barack Obama’s presidency. In Donald Trump’s first year as president, these gaps have grown even larger.
And the magnitude of these differences dwarfs other divisions in society, along such lines as gender, race and ethnicity, religious observance or education.
A new study by Pew Research Center, based on surveys of more than 5,000 adults conducted over the summer, finds widening differences between Republicans and Democrats on a range of measures the Center has been asking about since 1994, as well as those with more recent trends. But in recent years, the gaps on several sets of political values in particular – including measures of attitudes about the social safety net, race and immigration – have increased dramatically.
A graphic published with the poll visualizes the growing schism between Democrats and Republicans thusly:
But while the phrasing of the report implies that both groups are diverging from each other in an act of mutual repulsion, closer examination of the data shows that what is actually happening is the growing radicalization of Democrat voters, either through ideological drift or the changing demographics of the Democratic voting bloc as it becomes less White.
In some areas, like attitudes to continuing Black failure, Democrats have swung sharply Left, while Republicans have stayed roughly where they were. Democrats now increasingly accept the extreme Left shibboleth that America is an inherently “evil” society that uses entrenched, systemic, and largely invisible racism to hold back talented Black folks. Where the groups have stayed closer together is in areas where Republicans have essentially cucked on their own views, and moved in the same direction as the Democrats, such as attitudes to homosexuality and the “general goodness” of immigrants.
Regarding Black failure, the poll statement “Blacks who can’t get ahead in this country are mostly responsible for their own condition” shows Republicans agreeing, with a rise from 66% in 1994 to 75% in 2017. This is an increase of 9%, which is not surprising considering how much affirmative action has been rolled out in that time, including the country’s first “affirmative action” President. From an objective point of view, most of the excuses for Black failure have already been used up.
But the number of Democrats agreeing with this entirely reasonable statement has sharply decreased, with a substantial drop starting in the Obama years — a drop of 25% points over the period, despite enormous amounts of welfare assistance and affirmative action. This means that Democrats have basically bought into the racist, anti-White, hard Left, #BlackLivesMatter narrative, and literally believe that Black failure is due to “White racism,” whether in the form of “micro-aggressions,” invisible “institutional racism,” or the “indelible legacy” of past racisms.
Looking at the gay question, here the two groups of voters have stayed closer together only because Republicans have given up and started to embrace the same positions as Democrats. Disturbingly we see something similar with regard to attitudes to immigrants.
The poll statement “Immigrants today are a burden on our country…” has seen a dramatic swing to the Left among Democrats. In 1994 62% of Dems actually agreed with this statement. This has now slumped to a measly 12%. Republicans have put up a little resistance here, but have basically moved in the same direction, going from 64% to 44%, a massive drop of 20% points.
In 1994 both groups were opposed to immigrants by almost identical numbers, but today Democrats have become extreme advocates for immigration and all that it brings, while Republicans seem to have been pulled along in their wake.
The real points of divergence between the two groups are in attitudes to environmental laws, government spending, and general welfare, where Republicans have moved to the right while Dems have swung left.
Overall the Report presents a picture of a country that is generally drifting leftwards, pulled by the radicalizing elements in the Democratic Party, with Republican voters, as usual, attempting to be nice and avoid divisions by trying to placate Leftists, especially over anything related to race or gender, the hot button identity issues.
Their focus instead is on lower government spending — or at least lower taxes — and looser environmental regulations.
Big business and the globalists must be rubbing their hands with glee at how well their plan has gone.