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Chart: Proof America Is A Center-Right Nation

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Posted on July 28 2010 8:00 pm
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Paul Waldman over at the left-wing American Prospect noted a handy-dandy new chart from Pew Research and realized he was more of an extremist than he’d thought,

As a progressive, I tend to think the Republican Party is much more ideologically extreme than the Democratic Party. There are many reasons, some of which may be more legitimate than others. But it turns out that my opinion isn’t representative. According to this research from the Pew Research Center, the typical Democrat thinks the GOP is kind of conservative, while the typical Republican thinks the Democratic Party is really, really liberal.

Waldman went on to wonder why Republicans think the Democratic Party is so liberal,

What’s really interesting here isn’t so much the views about Democrats — that’s pretty much what you’d expect, that voters of the opposing party would find it to be far more extreme than its own partisans, who know where their own party has disappointed them, would place it. What’s odd, though, is the fact that on average there’s so little difference between how Republicans and Democrats see the GOP. There’s obviously some diversity within those groups — some Democrats see the GOP as extreme, while others see it as moderate — but it’s still notable.

Continue reading at Right Wing News.

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