Archive for February 21st, 2019

Maybe there is a political middle…

February 21, 2019

In the old days it was called the “silent majority”

yesterday, we reprised a post: America’s political polarization in 3 charts …

That analysis ended in 2014 … showing a double-humped distribution that had been separating over the past decade or so.



New data is now available, so let’s advance the picture to 2017

Source: WaPo analysis of Pew data


The humps have spread further apart … indicating sharper polarization.

The peaks are higher … especially the one on the left,

Also, note the vanishing middle (the dark blue on the graphic).

Now, let’s drill down another level…