Americans increasingly hiding true beliefs on key political issues, study finds

Some researchers believe “self-silencing” is skewing the population’s grasp of how people truly feel about key, hot-button political issues like abortion, 카지노사이트 COVID-19 policies and education.

It’s a culture of walking on eggshells. People are just afraid to talk about politics,” said Emily Etkins, vice president and director of polling at the Cato Institute.

Etkins said the problem is getting worse.

“Because [people are] afraid of losing friends or of maybe getting fired from work or missing out on a job opportunity or promotion because people would seek to punish them because they wouldn’t agree on some political idea,” Etkins explained.

For example, the Populace study revealed 59% of people will publically say they think mask-wearing effectively stops COVID-19, but privately, only 47% actually believe it.

When it comes to education, the study found parents are less concerned with teachers talking about gender identity and race than they say publicly.

Abortion gets tricky. People overall are more likely to publicly support abortion even if privately they disagree with it. But, when looking at just Republicans, the study found those on the political right disagree with the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade more than they’re willing to say out loud.

“Overall, conservatives are self-censoring the most, but so are liberals and moderates,” explained Etkins. She said the only group who feels they can safely share their views are those on the far left.

This disparity comes at a price. Populace co-founder Todd Rose told Axios, “When we’re misreading what we all think, it actually causes false polarization it actually destroys social trust. And it tends to historically make social progress all but impossible.”

As another election season approaches, polling experts point out that private opinion provides the best predictor of how people will vote.

Researchers at 바카라사이트 UCLA and UC Riverside today released a nationally representative survey of 682 high school principals, making clear that political conflicts affecting schools are pervasive and growing, with more than two-thirds of principals surveyed reporting substantial political conflict over hot-button issues. Almost half (45%) of principals said the amount of community level conflict during the 2021-2022 school year was “more” or “much more,” than prior to the pandemic. Only 3% said it was less.

The report, “Educating for a Diverse Democracy: The Chilling Role of Political Conflict in Blue, Purple, and Red Communities,” finds that political conflicts have had a chilling effect that has limited opportunities for students to engage in learning and respectful dialogue on controversial topics and made it harder to address rampant misinformation. The highly charged environment has also led to marked declines in support for teaching about race, racism, and racial and ethnic diversity. In addition, there has been sizable growth in harassment of LGBTQ youth. 

“Public schools increasingly are targets of conservative political groups focusing on what they term ‘critical race theory,’ as well as issues of sexuality and gender identity, and are impacted by political conflict reflecting growing partisan divides in our society,” said John Rogers, a professor of education at UCLA and the director of the UCLA Institute for Education, Democracy and Access. “These attacks are undermining the role public schools play in educating for our democracy.” 온라인카지

Principals at schools in more evenly divided communities were far more likely than those in communities that have substantial partisan majorities to report acute levels of community conflict. The increasing political conflicts often result from intentional and organized efforts that have targeted these more evenly divided communities in particular.

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