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Professor Aseem Prakash talks about cultural and political divides on Seattle-Tacoma's Q13 Television

Submitted by Stephen Dunne on November 13, 2020 - 11:10am

Prof. Aseem Prakash joins Q13 News This Morning to answer questions about the recent election cycle.

Q13: This is the most polarized we've been in recent history?

"No, I wouldn't say this has been the most polarized...The 1990s's were very polarized when Clinton was getting impeached...But what has happened in this election cycle and 2016 is that because of social media and other ways through which people can express themselves it is very loud, and very shrill. I think that is what the big difference is."

Q13: The "Steak and Sushi Groups" tell us about your article in Forbes about political perspectives.

"If you see the people have starkly different perceptions on quite a few things, starting from Coronavirus on the economy, the period between Coronavirus and economy, climate change, and so on and so forth"

"The Democrats or the liberals more broadly, tend to represent the coastal constituency, the urban constituency that's cosmopolitan, that works in the service industry, etc, etc. Whereas the republicans or the conservatives tend to reflect more the working class, the blue-collar working class, the rural individuals, and they have a very different perspective on all these issues."

"What is interesting and disposes that Republicans have made a considerable headway amongst non-white voters. About one fourth of non-white voters have voted for President Trump. And in states like Texas and Florida there is a very substantial Hispanic turnout, which has allowed President Trump to win these two states. It's a cultural divide that is a political divide, which does not neatly fall into racial categories."

Please link here for the video interview.