Pervasive political polarization affects everyday lives, experts say
ALBANY — The political divide nationally and in New York is becoming so deep and pervasive that for many people this polarization determines how they vote, what they accept as fact, who their friends and neighbors are, and even who they would welcome into their family, according to political scientists.
They say the nastiest political rift since the 19th century matters because it’s increasingly gridlocking solutions in Washington and Albany to pressing problems, such as rising crime, voter access, while eroding faith in bedrock institutions.
What is less certain for those who have researched political polarization is how the country and state can pull itself out of this divide.
Some political scientists…