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Finding Common Ground In A Deepening Partisan Divide

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An election yard sign reads "Any functioning Adult 2020"
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Frustration mounted for many Americans during the 2020 presidential election regardless of party affiliation, as denoted by this election sign in Washington D.C. C.

There is worry over whether the partisan division in this country can be overcome.

Whether it is a neighbor-to-neighbor dispute on policy, or how one classifies the January 6th insurrection, the chasm between the moderate and the extreme is affecting the operations of the country including the election process. "In a free society, there is going to be disagreement", professor Jeffrey Sikkenga said "... the question is how we deal with those disagreements". Two professors agree that we, as a society, need to work to improve this division.

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Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.