Leading for the Bell Curve and Not the Extremes

Leading for the Bell Curve and Not the Extremes

Though our press and politicians tend to portray us as a country divided, I’m confident that this is not the case. To reach this conclusion, I began looking at the media and politics from the perspective of a bell curve—with the normal distribution curve being the largest in the middle and the thinnest at either extreme end.

In a recent Gallup Poll, 42% of Americans identified themselves as politically independent with 30% identifying themselves as Democrats and 26% as Republicans. This poll would seem to bear out my random sampling and would also seem to show the majority of people living in our nation are in the normal distribution of the bell curve which would be the middle. However, our two major political parties, as well as most media outlets, seem to trend further and further to the extremes.

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