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An Urban's Rural View
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Mon Jun 23, 2014 02:17 PM CDT

If farmers took as long to grow a crop as Congress took to pass the latest farm bill -- three years -- we'd all starve. Fortunately, agricultural gridlock isn't the country's problem. Unfortunately, political gridlock is worsening as the country becomes more and more polarized.

A Pew Research Center survey of 10,000 Americans shines important new light on this polarization. Pew classifies people on an ideological spectrum based on their responses to 10 questions. In 1994 only 10% of those surveyed were at either end of that spectrum -- either "consistently conservative," meaning they answered at least nine of the ...

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