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Did Political Disunity Change in 2020?

First report in the Civil Unrest & Presidential Election Study (CUPES)

If nothing else, the year 2020 has focused the national conversation on how politically polarized Americans seem to have become. It would seem that much of this conversation treats polarization as a slow, cumulative, process that eventually causes inevitable conflict. In this report, our first from a new study, we show evidence of a marked shift in the unity of the Democratic Party and Republican Party between 2019 and 2020. Check our latest findings.

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Suggested Citation: Saide, A., & McCaffree, K. 2020. Did Political Disunity Change in 2020? Skeptic Research Center, CUPES-001.

Technical and statistical information on this data and analysis is available in the Supplemental Materials for Report (CUPES-001).

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Dr. Steven Pinker — The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

This lecture was recorded on October 23, 2011 as part of the Distinguished Science Lecture Series hosted by Michael Shermer and presented by The Skeptics Society in California (1992–2015).

Faced with the ceaseless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, one could easily think we live in the most violent age ever seen. Yet as the Harvard University psychologist and New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows in this startling and engaging new work, just the opposite is true: violence has been diminishing for millennia and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species’ existence. For most of history, war, slavery, infanticide, child abuse, assassinations, pogroms, gruesome punishments, deadly quarrels, and genocide were ordinary features of life. But today, Pinker shows all these forms of violence have dwindled and are widely condemned. How has this happened? This groundbreaking work continues Pinker’s exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly nonviolent world. The key, he explains, is to understand our intrinsic motives — the inner demons and the better angels — and how changing circumstances have allowed our better angels to prevail.

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