Analysis Of Alan Abramowitz 's ' Argument On Table 1 And 2

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In this paper I argue that the US electorate is not polarized or deeply divided, instead, the electorate is forced to choose between two extremes making it appear as if they are divided when in reality they have many similar views on many issues. I base my argument on Table 1 and 2 in Alan Abramowitz’s essay that shows how the US electorate have to choose between two parties although they may not feel as strong about the topic like the candidate. Tables 5 and 7 in Morris Fiorina’s essay convince me that the US electorate is not polarized, in fact there are many idealogical similarities, however, parties push agenda’s that are highly divided and polarized therefore people have to choose between the two, that is closest to their views, either religious or cultural, although they may not completely agree with them. In Table 1 of Abramowitz essay there is an evident difference between people who favored certain issues pushed by each candidate. In 2012 the two candidates running for president were very different. Barack Obama was the Liberal Democratic Candidate, while Mitt Romney was the Conservative Republican Candidate. Their views on several issues such as same-sex marriage, abortion, health-care law, and etc, differed significantly. The US electorate was forced to choose between these two candidates that had significantly different views on society, either religious, cultural, or idealogical. This table shows a notable difference in the people who voted for each candidate
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