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Time to take our temperature

I recently ran across an article in The Dartmouth that underscores the effects of political polarization in the U.S. "A survey of Dartmouth's political landscape" explores the results of a campus-wide survey last month in which a little over 430 students answered questions about several issues, including tolerance for and relations with opposing political viewpoints--as revealed in the graph above.

Surveys like this take a reading of public opinion and where certain populations stand, but they are also a good opportunity for us to take our own temperature. How would we answer questions like how comfortable we'd be having a roommate with opposing political views to our own? A question like that can reveal how much we invest our belief systems in political ideologies--and as I explored in my previous post, we need to be mindful of that.