A vast majority of Americans are pissed off about political correctness.
“Political polls and years of knife-edge elections have convinced many that our country has become a 50:50 society, divided into two opposing political tribes and trapped in a spiral of conflict and division. Our research uncovered a different story, one that probes underneath the issues that polarize Americans, and finds seven groups that are defined by their core beliefs, rather than by their political opinions, race, class, or gender,” according to More in Common, an organization founded in memory of Jo Cox, the British politician who was murdered in the run-up to the Brexit referendum.
“In talking to everyday Americans, we have found a large segment of the population whose voices are rarely heard above the shouts of the partisan tribes. These are people who believe that Americans have more in common than that which divides them. While they differ on important issues, they feel exhausted by the division in the United States. They believe that compromise is necessary in politics, as in other parts of life, and want to see the country come together and solve its problems.”
Most members of the so-called “exhausted majority” despise political correctness. Among the general population, 80 percent believe that “political correctness is a problem in our country.” Even young people are uncomfortable with it, including 74 percent ages 24 to 29, and 79 percent under age 24.
The study is based on a nationally representative poll with 8,000 respondents, 30, one-hour interviews, and six focus groups conducted from December 2017 to September 2018.
Asians, Hispanics, Native Americans, and African-Americans are tired to political correctness. Asians (82 percent), African-Americans (75 percent), Hispanics (87 percent), and Native Americans (88 percent) are most likely to oppose political correctness.
While 83 percent of respondents who make less than $50,000 dislike political correctness, just 70 percent of those who make more than $100,000 are skeptical about it. And while 87 percent who have never attended college think that political correctness has grown to be a problem, only 66 percent of those with a postgraduate degree share that sentiment.
Compared with the rest of the polling sample, progressive activists are much more likely to be rich, highly educated—and white. They are nearly twice as likely as the average to make more than $100,000 a year. They are nearly three times as likely to have a postgraduate degree. And while 12 percent of the overall sample in the study is African American, only 3 percent of progressive activists are.
Nearly half of Latinos argued that “many people nowadays are too sensitive to how Muslims are treated,” while two in five African Americans agreed that “immigration nowadays is bad for America.”
Overall, only 9 percent of those surveyed classified themselves as progressive.
Simply put, this study demonstrates that all those people getting all that air time are NOT representative of what Americans really think.
That should give hope to those of us who think Donald Trump represents far more people than the media and progressives want to admit.