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The big idea: are we really so polarised? | Dominic Packer and Jay Van Bavel

The big idea: are we really so polarised? | Dominic Packer and Jay Van Bavel

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Emotions Divide

The big idea: are we really so polarised? In many democracies the political chasm seems wider than ever. But emotion, not policies, may be what actually divides us.

In 2020, the match-making website OkCupid asked 5 million hopeful daters around the world: “Could you date someone who has str...

Scholars used to worry that societies might not be polarised enough. Without clear differences between political parties, they thought, citizens lack choices, and important issues don’t get deeply debated. Now this notion seems rather quaint as countries have fractured along political lines, refl...

Just how stark has political polarisation become? Well, it depends on where you live and how you look at it. When social psychologists study relations between groups, they often find that whereas people like their own groups a great deal, they have fairly neutral feelings towards out-groups: “The...

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