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Why politics are so divisive Why politics are so divisive
by Jay Gutman
2019-02-10 09:42:54
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10 reasons politics are so divisive (in every democracy)

1.      Politics say something about your income

Your income tends to say a lot about how you vote. People with no income tend to vote one way, people with low income another, people with average income another, people with high income yet another.

politic00012.      Politics say something about the city you live in

A lot of cities have voting tendencies. In the US some cities are vastly Democratic, others Republican. In some cities, parties can get as much as 90% of the vote.

3.      Politics say something about your ethnicity

Ethnic groups tend to massively support one party over the other. Now remember ethnicity is not just color or “race” (I hate that word). In the US Somali African-Americans tend to vote one way, third generation Caribbean-Americans vote another, fifth generation Caribbean-Americans yet another. Latinos in one city can be Democrats; Latinos in another city can be Republicans.

4.      Politics say something about your job

People in one industry can favor one party massively; people in another industry can favor another party massively. Jobs that benefit from globalization tend to go to the Democrats; jobs that suffer from globalization tend to go to the Republicans in the US.

5.      Politics say something about how long you intend to stay in your job

If you intend to spend your entire career in one industry, you will tend to vote one way (usually Republican in the US) while people who see their job as a stepping stone and want to change careers tend to vote another (usually Democratic in the US).

6.      Politics say something about your marital status and how young you were when you got married

Single people tend to vote one way (usually Democrat in the US) while married people tend to vote another (the more children they have, the more they go to the Republicans).

7.      Politics say something about your education level

Middle school drop-outs tend to vote one way, people with PhDs another. Again some cities value education, others not so much. Some income levels value education, others not so much.

8.      Politics say something about gender

In some cities, women will vote for one party massively, in other cities, men can favor one party massively.

9.      Politics say something about your legal values

Law-abiding citizens tend to favor one party over another. Citizens who tend to break the law (whether they get caught or not) tend to favor another.

10.  Politics say something about your ethnic and racial values

If your family is monocultural, you will tend to vote for one party. If you are from a multicultural family, you will tend to vote for another party. If you live in a monocultural city, you will tend to vote for one party. Multicultural city, vote for another party. People don't always vote for candidates who share their ethnic background.

11.  Bonus: politics say something about your decision-making power

People in jobs where they have a lot of decision power tend to vote for one party. Those on the receiving end of orders tend to vote for another.

       12/ Bonus: politics say something about your competitive values

If you value cooperation and friendship, you will tend to vote for one party. If you tend to compete with others, you will tend to vote for another party.

13.  Bonus: politics say something about your religious values

Church is one place where people will tell you who to vote for. Some Churches favor the Democrats, others the Republicans. People who don't go to Church and dislike religion tend to go to the Democrats; people who believe in religion but don't go to Church tend to favor the Republicans.

In sum politics is a criss-cross of the factors given above. The smaller the city, the more likely the group will massively choose one party over another. The larger the city, the more colorful votes will be. The more connected the city is the more people will tend to vote. People in lonely jobs tend not to vote, people in jobs where there's a sense of community tend to vote massively. There are other factors such as health and medical history, smokers and non-smokers, people who drink and people who don't, and the presence or not of facilities and infrastructure in a town, along with the state of infrastructure. But those are minor, anecdotal factors. Age for age's sake is also not a clear factor. The bulk of factors are described above. 


     
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