Polarization Of Political Views And Loss Of Confidence

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Polarization in political views and loss of confidence in government? Introduction The main political divisions in the United States are into two parties - the Republicans and the Democrats. A recent (Pew Research study) [http://www.people-press.org/2014/06/12/political-polarization-in-the-american-public/] noticed a growth in ideological consistency within the parties, with the overlap in conservativeness and liberality shrinking between 1994 and 2014. This polarization of political views could have many effects on the politics of the nation - both in the upcoming (2016) presidential election and societal developments in the future. Polarization in political views, while not bad in and of itself, can hinder the actions of the nation as the two sides staunchly bicker over who’s right instead of working together toward an actionable solution. Lack of unified national strategy hamstrings government agencies, as goals are either not clear or a changed with each incoming administration. For example, the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) has received several project mandates in the past ten years, only to find them canceled as political renown required a different arbitrary goal. When an agency’s goals are revised, much of the costs already spent are wasted and unrecoverable. Other policies at stake are about doing anything at all. Questions over how, if at all, to engage emerging extra-governmental threats (e.g. Islamic State), environmental threats (climate
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