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Political Polarization in the American Public

  • Speakers:
  • Jocelyn Kiley
    Associate Director of Research, Pew Research Center
  • Date / Time:
  • September 29, 2014
  • 4:30 pm
  • Venue:
  • FPRI
  • 1528 Walnut Street, Suite 610
  • Philadelphia. PA. US. 19102

Study Group on America and the West

Chair: Ron Granieri, Executive Director,FPRI’s Center for the Study of America and the West

4:30 p.m. Seminar; 6:00 p.m. Dinner

In June, Pew Research Center released the first two reports in a series aimed at understanding the nature and scope of political polarization in the American public, and how it interrelates with government, society and people’s personal lives. The reports are based on the largest, nationally representative U.S. political survey that the center has conducted, with interviews among more than 10,000 adults. The two major reports, “Political Polarization in the American Public,” released on June 12, and “Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology,” released on June 26, together show that partisan polarization – the vast and growing gap between Republicans and Democrats – is a defining feature of politics today. Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines, and partisan antipathy is deeper and more extensive, than at any point in the last two decades.

Join the FPRI Study Group on America and the West as we discuss these groundbreaking surveys and their implications for the United States today and into the future.

Jocelyn KileyJocelyn Kiley is associate director of research at the Pew Research Center, where she primarily works on U.S. public opinion about politics. She is involved in all stages of the research process at the center, and is a principal investigator on the center’s work on political polarization in the American public, as well its regular election polling. Prior to joining the Pew Research Center in 2008, Kiley worked in research and evaluation for several media and governmental organizations. She has a master’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Her graduate work primarily concerned issues of racial and ethnic political identity in the U.S., as well as the role of the media in shaping public opinion. She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from Harvard University. Kiley discusses the center’s findings with the news media and regularly presents to outside audiences and at the American Association for Public Opinion Research’s annual conference.

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