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America’s Political Divide

New evidence of increasingly political polarization in the United States.

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama (Credits: Christopher Halloran and K2 Images-Shutterstock.com)

Takeaways


  • 75% of Democratic House districts became more Democratic and 60% of Republican districts became more Republican.

1. In U.S. House of Representatives today, there are only 17 districts with a Republican representative that were won by President Obama.

2. Conversely, just nine districts won by his Republican challenger in 2012, Mitt Romney, are held by Democrats.

3. Despite the fact that the presidential race was closer in 2012 than in 2008, three-quarters of Democratic House districts became more Democratic and three-fifths of Republican districts became more Republican.

From Washington confronts still-divided America by Dan Balz (Washington Post)

 

 

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