I stepped down from running a large news organization this year, so I've been experimenting with being a person who isn't obsessed with every twist and turn of politics & news. I deleted tweetdeck from my computer & tuned out cable. It has been great.
Just 15 to 20 % of Americans follow politics closely & they dominate political expression in the media & warp partisans’ views of the other side
We pay too much attention to the elite left-right divide in politics and way too little attention to the interested-uninterested divide. A politics by, and for, the politically obsessed emphasizes very different issues than the broader public wants.
"For partisans, politics is a morality play, a struggle of good versus evil," write and . "But most Americans just see two angry groups of people bickering over issues that may not always seem pressing or important."
"To put this in perspective, a Pew study finds that 10 percent of Twitter users are responsible for 97 percent of all tweets about politics." 🙃
This is the best article I've read in the last decade on American politics. Now if we can just get the silent 85% sufficiently involved in the primary processes to drown out the partisans.
“A Pew study finds that 10 percent of Twitter users are responsible for 97 percent of all tweets about politics.”
The Real Divide in America is Between Political Junkies and Everyone Else. ⁦⁦
“What a vocal minority shares on social media is not the opinion of the public. Yet such political tweets, as the political communication scholar Shannon McGregor finds, are increasingly making their way into news coverage as stand-ins for public opinion.”
"What we found is that most Americans — upward of 80 percent to 85 percent — follow politics casually or not at all," write and . "It is the partisans who define what it means to engage in politics."
Fantastic op-ed in by on the real divide in America: between political junkies ...and everyone else. Importantly, those who are not political junkies have much more overlap on issues they care about, across party lines!
The view of politics for most Americans is two camps bickering endlessly and fruitlessly over unimportant issues, say  and 
Congrats to ⁦⁩ and ⁦⁩ on a great op-ed! I can’t wait to read their book on this topic.
This is a great piece, which makes me wonder a bit if focusing heavily on what normal non-political junkie Americans think can be a mistake, from the perspective of explaining political outcomes.
Everyone who follows politics on Twitter should read this piece from ⁦⁩ - especially the few who make their living in politics. Most people care about different issues and have different values than politicos of either party.
A mere 10% of twitter users generate 97% of tweets about politics.” Most people view the hyperbole from the extremes as “just politics” I bet only 1% of Twitter users generate 99% of —— (Insert area academic study here) great piece ⁦
The Real Divide in America Is Between Political Junkies and Everyone Else
Not sure how this finding leads to the authors' conclusion. Politicians should pay more attention to concrete issues like...moral decline?
this is a really interesting article I thought you might like based on our discussion the other day. Not that the article has much to do with that discussion directly.
The common view of politics today is of a divide between Democrats and Republicans, write & . But they say that focus obscures another gulf - between those who follow politics closely and those who don’t.
It’s nuts that the takeaway here is to slam people who are invested as “junkies”, instead of the more troubling takeaway, which is the majority of Americans may not like fascism, but as it rises, can’t be bothered to resist it.
Tons of food for thought in this piece by & . I think I take exception to some of the conclusions they implicitly draw from their research, but I need to cogitate on it a bit. Def worth reading
A new study finds only 15%-20% of Americans are very politically engaged, 80%-85% not. Just as I imagined. But interesting what the inattentives and only they do care about: moral decline (Ds), deficits and partisan divisions (Rs), low hourly wages (both).
“Democrats [who aren’t political junkies] are 25 percentage points more likely to name moral decline as an important problem facing the country — a problem partisan Democrats never even mention.”
It turns out that just 10 percent of Twitter users are responsible for 97 percent of all tweets about politics, and that the vast majority of Americans merely see two angry groups bickering over issues that aren’t very pressing or important.
For partisans, politics is a morality play, a struggle of good versus evil. But most Americans just see two angry groups of people bickering over issues that may not always seem pressing or important.
More on what politics is!
"...less-attentive Democrats are 25 percentage points more likely to name moral decline as an important problem facing the country — a problem partisan Democrats never even mention."
The "solution" to polarization is for the majoritarian party to pass popular policy and prevent the anti-majoritarian party from blocking it. But that's so obvious you can't publish an oped about it, so instead we get stuff like this.
"For partisans, politics is a morality play, a struggle of good versus evil. But most Americans just see two angry groups of people bickering over issues that may not always seem pressing or important."
“Democrats and Republicans who don’t follow politics closely believe that low hourly wages are one of the most important problems facing the country. But for hard partisans, the issue barely registers”
(1/2) “Democrats and Republicans who don’t follow politics closely believe that low hourly wages are one of the most important problems facing the country.”
97% of tweets about politics come from 10% of users. The loud minority exaggerates the divide between liberals and conservatives. The silent majority cares about solving problems for the country, not scoring points for their side. #FridayFeeling