What has divided US politics so severely since Bill Clinton's election?

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Sep 09, 2016 04:40 PM 0 Answers
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I recently saw this article by the New York Times' Upshot showing that last 50 years of electoral college results from the presidential elections. Something that stand out is how drastically voting patterns changed since Bill Clinton's first successful campaign in 1992. It seems as if from that election on, most states settled into a part and consistently voted that way in the following elections, but that doesn't seem to be the case for the elections before it.

Here are some examples of what I mean:

Example One:

1988 election between Bush and Dukakis California voted for the Republican candidate.

Example Two:

1976 election between Carter and Ford Texas voted for the Democratic candidate and California voted for the Republican candidate.

Example Three:

1964 election between Johnson and Goldwater Texas, Utah, Idaho all voted for the Democratic candidate.

Can you imagine any of these states voting for those parties any time soon? It seems unimaginable to me. So many states seem to have picked a party and consistently vote that way. But why? What caused the country to be so divided? Why did people stop considering candidates objectively and just started voting party lines?

There are a number of possible reasons why this could have happened. California voted pretty consistently Republican before Clinton, but could have switched because much of what began to drive their economy was new technology companies such as Google and Apple which tend to be fairly liberal and set a trend for their employees and other new companies that followed. It could just be technology in general. The creation of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets has created echo chambers for all of us, limiting our political knowledge and evidence to support our opinions to the information provided by those that live near us.

Essentially I'm wondering if there are any well documented reasons (probably of number of which contributed to this change) why this happened.

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