Date of Award

Fall 12-14-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Political Science


College of Education

First Advisor

Michael Promisel


The United States has become politically polarized. Our political ideas have moved away from the political center and trend towards ends. Our high levels of party loyalty have opened the doors for extreme polarization. The push for party differentiation has seen the political elite widen the gap between their party ideas. The polarization of the elite has moved the parties and their voters further from the center. Television news promotes our political issues as partisan problems that villainize the other party. This leads viewers to push for further extreme ideas and to move away from the other side. The two-party system sees voters being forced to align with one of our two major parties, and these voters want to have a clear representation of their views.