How Fragile Is the New Democratic Coalition?



Thomas Edsall looks at how the “way-of-life segregation” is playing out in America’s cities and suburbs, and how political scientists are tracking these changes over time. The question is, how does way-of-life match up with your political and voting choices?

Edsall writes, “Democratic strength is now concentrated in fewer but more heavily populated areas. Polarization has intensified as voters in over half the nation’s counties cast landslide margins for one presidential candidate or the other. These tendencies are intensifying and have spilled over to Congressional elections, leading to legislative paralysis. Self-perpetuating clusters of the like-minded lead voters and their representatives away from the center.”