Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America
"What Culture War?
Abortion, Gay Marriage, School Prayer, Gun Control
Is the nation really polarized on these hot-button moral, religious, and cultural issues? Should we believe the media pundits and politicians who tell us that Americans are deeply divided?
No, says Morris Fiorina. At a time when the rift between the "red" and "blue" states can seem deeper than ever, Fiorina debunks the assumption that Americans are deeply split over national issues. He presents quite a contrary picture--that most Americans stand in the middle of the political landscape and are in general agreement even on those issues thought to be most divisive.
Poking holes in the concept of a "culture war," Fiorina explains that the majority of Americans are both moderate and tolerant, and that their greatest concerns are leadership and security, not moral values. Fiorina supports this position with newly released data from the 2004 election and a variety of other recent surveys.
According to Fiorina, the view of a divided America is simply false. By recognizing our common ground, we have a basis for creating a more unified and moderate approach to government and politics in the near future."
Author: Morris P. Fiorina, Samuel J. Abrams, Jeremy C. Hope