We See the Left. We See the Right. Can Anyone See the ‘Exhausted Majority’?

John Shattuck's research on American political polarization is cited by The New York Times.
John Shattuck

Does Joe Biden’s victory in 2020 represent the last gasp of an exhausted moderate tradition or does a potentially powerful center lie dormant in our embattled political system?


John Shattuck, a professor at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts, notes that surveys and reports he has overseen affirm the strong presence of a middle ground in American politics:

Polarization is pushed by the political extremes. The great majority of Americans, however, are not at the extremes and common ground exists among them on seemingly polarized issues.

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