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How ‘polarized’ is the American electorate? Plus: Larry Lessig talks about the New Hampshire rebellion.

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The current debate…persistently exaggerates how divided we are…on core questions involving social justice, we are far more united than our politics permit us to be. A survey released at the end of December by Hart Research, a Democratic polling firm, found that Americans supported extending unemployment insurance by a margin of 55 percent to 34 percent. Several recent surveys, including a Fox News poll, found that about two-thirds of Americans support an increase in the minimum wage. [...]

The electorate is not so polarized but Congress is. 

funding and gerrymandering 

Which go hand in hand. We can't reform funding because the people who would be doing the reforming have been funded by the funders. It's a self-fulfilling machine that is very hard to change.

That is fascinating. I need to watch that again.