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Unformatted text preview: displacement of classic economic conflicts by moral and religious ones 2 Todays cultural issues include: sexuality, morality, and religion and it seems to journalists and pundits that they are deeper than previously. What are red and blue states? http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/2008/ Figure 2.1 on p. 14 Yes, we have close elections, but is it because most Americans are more extreme and very few are in the middle, or is it that most Americans are moderates, barely leaning toward one side or the other? Four factors contributing to the Myth: 1.Closely Divided or Deeply Divided? see statistics on p. 12-13. For instance: House Republican Vote: 2000 48.3 % 2002: 52.9% 2004: 50.4% 2006: 46.4% (53.6% Dems) 2008: 40.9% (59.1% Dems) p. 14 shows two theoretical scenarios...
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