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WaPo – The astounding political divide over what it means to be ‘American’

Chris Cilliza, Washington Post – “President Trump’s second executive order banning visitors from six predominantly Muslim states from entering the country lands in an America deeply divided on what it means to be, well, American. That’s according to a new AP-NORC poll that suggests that there are really two Americas right now: a Republican one and a Democratic one.


  • Nearly six in 10 Republicans (57 percent) think that “a culture grounded in Christian religious beliefs” is important to our American identity. Just 29 percent of Democrats say the same.
  • Forty-six percent of Republicans say that “a culture established by the country’s early European immigrants” is an important part of what makes us Americans, while just 25 percent of Democrats agree.
  • Two-thirds of Democrats cite the “mixing of cultures and values from around the world” as fundamentally American. Just a third of Republicans (35 percent) feel the same way.

“Democrats are more likely than Republicans to consider the nation’s diversity and the ability of people to immigrate to the United States as important, while Republicans are more inclined to cite the importance of the use of English and sharing a culture, preferably based on Christian beliefs and European customs,” read a memo on the poll’s results…”

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