For Week 3 discussion, our topic ended up being the current condition of political polarization in America. This polarization is manifested in several ongoing national debates of which we isolated three: climate change, gender issues (i.e. pay gap, etc), gun control — where people on the left and right of the ideological spectrum have had their views diverge over the past 20 years.
Graphic to show Gallup’s evidence of increased polarization by political identification:
Growing polarization as expressed through opinions of key issues: http://news.gallup.com/opinion/polling-matters/215210/partisan-differences-growing-number-issues.aspx
Polarization as expressed in people’s confidence in major US institutions