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Your Turn: Are You Politically Prejudiced?

by Countable | Updated on 3.13.19

Recent research provided a fascinating guide to the most and least politically open-minded counties in the U.S., revealing the geography of partisan prejudice across the country.

The research — which The Atlantic commissioned from PredictWise, a polling and analytics firm — yielded interesting and perhaps surprising results.

Here’s the overall map of the U.S., with the colors reflecting areas of more or less political prejudice. You can search for your own county on The Atlantic’s website.

Source: The Atlantic

Tolerance was measured and assessed on the basis of respondents' negative feelings about people from the other side and the extent to which they denigrated or caricatured people with views different from their own.

The researchers found some patterns when it came to who was most likely to be more or less politically tolerant:

“In general, the most politically intolerant Americans, according to the analysis, tend to be whiter, more highly educated, older, more urban, and more partisan themselves. This finding aligns in some ways with previous research by the University of Pennsylvania professor Diana Mutz, who has found that white, highly educated people are relatively isolated from political diversity. They don’t routinely talk with people who disagree with them; this isolation makes it easier for them to caricature their ideological opponents. (In fact, people who went to graduate school have the least amount of political disagreement in their lives, as Mutz describes in her book Hearing the Other Side.) By contrast, many nonwhite Americans routinely encounter political disagreement. They have more diverse social networks, politically speaking, and therefore tend to have more complicated views of the other side, whatever side that may be.”

Nationwide, the research found Suffolk County, Massachusetts — which includes Boston — to be the most politically intolerant county, while the North Country, New York and Randolph, Onslow and Davidson counties in North Carolina were the most accepting of political differences.

The study also found that older respondents and people living in or near large cities “seem to be more likely to stereotype and disdain people who disagree with them politically.”

The data reveal where Democrats are more or less prejudiced against Republicans and vice versa. The following maps show both.

Source: The Atlantic

Source: The Atlantic

In general, the researchers found that the more people are exposed to ideas different from their own, the more likely they are to be tolerant of people who hold those ideas. Countable is meant to be a place that fosters such exposure and discussion, and we value our users’ role in helping us to provide a forum for a rich exchange of ideas.

What do you think?

How politically prejudiced or tolerant are you? Do you know many people with political views that differ from yours? Tell us what you think.

—Sara E. Murphy

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  • burrkitty
    03/13/2019
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    Trash bin. Literally, garbage masquerading as “research”. Extrapolating a response only poll of 2000 selected people across the whole country is total crap. As a scientist this BS pisses me off, because this kind of trash degenerates all the work real scientists do. You know some people don’t know the difference between real research and this kind of crap. No wonder people don’t accept our work when this kind of worthless shit gets put out as “research”. I seriously don’t have enough expletives in enough languages to express my total disgust. Don’t Post This Crap.

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  • Jason
    Voted No
    03/13/2019
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    The question is leading because it infers disagreement about one’s political views denotes prejudice. We are all fully capable of disagreeing with another politically without carrying any sort of prejudice.

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  • politics.quick
    Voted Maybe
    03/13/2019
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    Against conservatives? No. I’m glad they provide educated, articulate viewpoints that oppose mine. It challenges my own thoughts and makes me a better thinker. Against Trump Supporters? Yes. I don’t know how you can support a man who is currently trying to override Congressional authority via the use of a national emergency. Read John Kasich’s recent Op-Ed on CNN if you want a more thorough explanation of why this goes against the ideals of our nation. I gained a lot of respect for him when I read that piece.

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  • Mack
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    I didn’t used to be until republicans became everything that Ronald Reagan wasn’t and everything he stood against.

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  • Robert
    03/13/2019
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    No, I’m not prejudiced. I just never found a Republican I could vote for.

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  • Kodiwodi
    Voted No
    03/13/2019
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    Being an independent, I am able to see stupidity on both sides equally.

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  • Leslie
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    YES, I AM A DEMOCRAT. I DESPISE THE LYING REPUBLICANS WHO STEAL FROM THE POOR TO GIVE TO THE RICH & THEMSELVES

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  • KyleCorley
    Voted Maybe
    03/13/2019
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    I just want members in the government to work for the American people instead of their party. John Adams along with other Founding Fathers are quoted as saying the political parties would destroy America from within. People need to realize that they have common ground just different ways of solving the problem, but having healthy debate to solve the problem to help America prosper should always lead to the best answer.

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  • KansasTamale
    Voted No
    03/13/2019
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    It may look as if I am, I don’t really consider myself one or the other. I’ve been both. My loyalty lies with the person running for office who exhibits honesty & truthfulness, has the same values I do & follows through - what s/he says; S/HE DOES. The Democratic Party candidates today are closer to the type of person I want in office than ANY REPUBLICAN because the republicans have lost their values for money & power & have forgotten the people who they SERVE. They DO NOT SERVE THE OEOPLE. THEY SERVE THEMSELVES.

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  • Glowurm
    03/13/2019
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    No! I vote for the person who addresses the needs of ALL PEOPLE! Not just the elite. I believe the party system is tearing us apart. We are people. Not parties. Not corporations! We need to remember that and start caring about each other. There, but for the grace of God, go I? Or should we say: “There, but for a wealthy dad, go I?”

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  • mkettleson
    Voted No
    03/13/2019
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    I was a conservative and am now a progressive and a liberal (ie good with both labels), and I respect informed dialogue with smart conservatives. I dislike ideologues on every side: opinionated folks who are ill-informed and traffic in insults to the other side and parroted talking points. I strive to be respectful always, to digest new information and ideas and fact-check later, and to just walk away from those who resort to insults and lies.

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  • Marcia
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    I don’t want to be and I always strived to listen to all opinions. But the blatant hate and lies from the GOP and the inability for congress members I previously admired to sit by saying and doing nothing has created in me a deep mistrust. The amount of falsehood and hypocrisy is stunning. Even the conservative pundits that I listen to share my distrust. It’s frightening and depressing that this administration and the Republicans have sold out to winning at all costs and no longer listen to the people they represent.

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  • Jack
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    I am against the current Republicans and against trump, but the actions of the criminal actions of this so called president and his cabinet members is so astounding apparently criminal!

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  • Chickie
    03/14/2019
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    The toxic environment that currently resides in the U.S. couldn’t possibly be mapped by 2,000 people. A study such as this one, only serves to further divide us. In order for our country to heal, we should focus in finding where we agree, not where we disagree. We should focus on issues where the positives are extolled, not pushing negatives which only serve to build resentment. We should focus on how we can ensure our children and elderly are fed, versus going hungry. We should shine a light on the everyday people who faithfully serve our families, neighborhoods, communities, towns, cities, states and country, as our heroes, not on the infamous, (a person well known for some bad quality or deed). We should find our commonality as Americans. We are SO much better than what divides us.

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  • David
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    I didn’t used to be. I am by nature very tolerant, listen carefully and work at being nonjudgmental. The intolerance of the Tea Party, Trumpism, the Republican swing to White Nationalism, blatant discrimination, voter repression, rejection of respect, misogyny, unbridled pursuit of power for the sake of power, rejection of the Constitution and the rule of law, and their increasing endorsement of violence and criminality to accomplish their ends has radicalized me. I also do not trust Democrats or progressives and find them too often dishonest and self serving in their positions and beliefs. I find I do not fit well in any Party - the drummer I march to is neither conservative nor liberal but beyond either. It is the Republicans, however, who have earned a place of distrust and suspicion unlike any other.

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  • Adaleigh
    Voted No
    03/13/2019
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    This is garbage centrism at its best. There is no compromise to be had with fascist ideals. I am okay with being intolerant of anti-human values.

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  • Joan
    03/14/2019
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    Until the GOP became rabid in the '90s I was a moderate Democrat who would at least consider the opposing side. But when the GOP decided to go after Hillary and Bill, because they were angry that the Publicans didn't win the Presidency again (seems they thought they were entitled to it) I became more partisan myself.

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  • Jim2423
    Voted No
    03/13/2019
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    I have to register to be able to vote in the Primaries. But that does not mean I devote my life to one party. I normally vote for whom I believe is more qualified and I also hate to admit the least harmful candidate. I believe your question is similar to a question in court, Yes or No, Have you stopped beating your wife? Yes or No.

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  • Raymond
    03/13/2019
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    I would have to say I agree with Kansas tamale that my prejudice and tolerance have gone to the other side very quickly. I am a registered Republican in Kansas. But I will never vote for a Republican again. I think what Kansas tamale wrote I’m going to reprint here. It may look as if I am, I don’t really consider myself one or the other. I’ve been both. My loyalty lies with the person running for office who exhibits honesty & truthfulness, has the same values I do & follows through - what s/he says; S/HE DOES. The Democratic Party candidates today are closer to the type of person I want in office than ANY REPUBLICAN because the republicans have lost their values for money & power & have forgotten the people who they SERVE. They DO NOT SERVE THE OEOPLE. THEY SERVE THEMSELVES!!

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  • David
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    By all means YES Biased...WHY..... I’m opposed to: Democratic Gun Control. Democratic Open Borders. Democratic Social Program Dependencies. Democratic Continuing Liberal Socialist Leaning. And the list goes on and on. Need I Say Any more........ SneakyPete..... 🙀👿👿👿🙀. 3*13*19.....

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