Created on November 19, 2020
The severance between opposing political parties has become more prevalent in the past years; is PRHS as divided as the rest of the world?
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Bearcats from the Democrat, Republican, and even Independent parties have had experiences with this division and took a survey on it after November 3, 2020. Through this poll they were given the opportunity to share their opinions about their own political party as well as those on the opposite side of politics. When asked what political party they were in, out of 24 responses, 41.7% said Democrat, 29.2% were Republicans, 25% claimed to be Independents, and 4.2% said they were not affiliated with any of the previous parties.
“Political Polarization can be defined as hyper-partisanship, where people are even more divided in their views, and perhaps even more extreme in those divisions that they are sort of further and further apart than normally with less middle ground…. where people do not listen to or understand other viewpoints, you might want to call it balkanization or tribalism”.
Mr. Geoffrey Land, the Government and Economics teacher at PRHS
Due to the lack of accomodation between political parties, democracy isn’t the only thing suffering from political polarization. Human decency and mannerly debate has also taken a hit according to an anonymous student at PRHS.
" I think the hatred that gets thrown by both sides at each other is tearing America apart. We as a country need to come together, not grow further apart"
" I believe that the Democratic party is a threat to our nation's well being because they believe that our country needs to redirect funding for local police departments to social and community based programs which will threaten our nation's well being because it will be chaos on the streets everyday."
" I feel like a lot of conservatives/republicans don’t support groups like LGBTQ+, BLM, etc. It is essential to support all Americans so we can move forward in our country."
" Extremely conservative people want to limit immigration and abortion and take away marriage equality and basically their policies want to hold minorities and women back from opportunities and the same freedoms that they care so much about."
"Mainly cause trump supporters are causing a lot of hate towards minorities and people of the LGBTQIA+ community causing more issues to arise "
"Most of the problem with the democratic party is that they advocate for equal rights and equality yet discriminate against white people"
" We should be advocating for basic human rights."
"Conservatives want nothing to change about gun laws which is wrong. Democrats want to rightfully so put stricter gun laws up so people with ill intent cant get hold of them. It is far to easy to get hold of a gun right now so people can get one and harm others or cause school shootings."
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