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In six years, the US has gone from political polarization to ‘ossification’

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The Voter Service and Polling Center in Breckenridge, on primary Election Day, Super Tuesday, March 5, 2024

The term "political polarization" no longer captures the state of partisanship in the US, according to Stephen Hawkins. The research director for More In Common is now using the words "ossification" and "calcification." And yet on some issues, there is plenty of evidence that common ground still exists. As Election 2024 draws closer, Hawkins reflects on polarization research and solutions.