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Are Our Political Views More Moderate Than Public Discourse Suggests?

So much of our political discourse today reveals the views of two political extremes – liberals and conservatives. But if we think of the political spectrum as a line, the views we hear most often typically represent points quite distant from one another. What about the space between, where moderates live? Are we as diametrically […]

So much of our political discourse today reveals the views of two political extremes – liberals and conservatives. But if we think of the political spectrum as a line, the views we hear most often typically represent points quite distant from one another.

What about the space between, where moderates live? Are we as diametrically opposed in our politics today as the discourse that’s front and center suggests? Or is there (to borrow from a popularly-used phrase in late 20th century politics) a “silent majority” with more nuanced, middle-of-the-road perspectives on the issues of the day than are revealed in our politics? Are there moderates in Texas?

We talk it over with Dr. Elizabeth Simas, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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