BOSTON (CBS) – We often talk here about the polarization of American politics, our seemingly ever-increasing division into ideological groups who can’t even tolerate, let alone listen to, the other side’s arguments.
But I don’t think I realized just how bad things have become until I saw the results of a recent study that found “people are more likely to have hostile feelings toward people of the other party than members of another race.”
I’m glad that racism is fading away, if that’s indeed the case. But, are you kidding me?
“People are more likely to see their party as in the right, no matter what, and the other party as wrong,” says the lead author of that study. “People get more upset if they are asked to contemplate the prospect of their son or daughter marrying outside the party than outside their religion.”
Listen to Jon’s commentary: