Tracking Political Polarization Through Graphics

Tracking Political Polarization Through Graphics

With the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and the Democrat-controlled Senate unable to compromise on a budget for the new fiscal year, the White House issued the order for federal government agencies to shut down until lawmakers can find a solution.

All federal employees not deemed “essential” will have to stay home, services like issuing passports will come to a halt and the city of Washington, D.C., may even have to stop trash collection.

Washington-area workers won’t be the only ones feeling the pain. National parks, monuments and federal offices around the country are shutting down as Congress agrees on a plan to continue funding the government.

While there have been 17 government shutdowns since 1976, the general consensus among political observers is that the country is now the most politically polarized than it has been at any point in the last 30 years.

This political polarization, helped... keep reading

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