Many believe that Americans are more divided politically today than ever before. But according to a new study, most Americans are simply exhausted with politics.
Researchers examined American voters and broke down the population into seven "hidden tribes." These tribes are basically how Americans look at politics. The seven tribes were Progressive Activists, Traditional Liberals, Passive Liberals, Politically Disengaged, Moderates, Traditional Conservatives and Devoted Conservatives.
Interestingly enough, the researchers classified four of these groups together as the "Exhausted Majority." Essentially the Exhausted Majority doesn't have strict ideologies, but rather have different views depending on the situation. So while they may agree with Democrats or Republicans on more issues, they don't uniformly accept one party's view. Members of the Exhausted Majority also prefer compromise and hate political polarization in America.
According to these researchers, 67 percent of Americans fit into this Exhausted Majority. Here's a look at the breakdown of the "Hidden Tribes":
The Hidden Tribes of America https://t.co/T02DacXUPm “We have become a set of tribes, with different codes, values, and even facts. We no longer just disagree; we reject each other’s premises and doubt each other’s motives. We block our ears to diverse perspectives.” pic.twitter.com/pKCJPQaqVu— Steve Case (@SteveCase) October 18, 2018
What's interesting is that the "Exhausted Majority" skews more to the left than the right. Traditional Liberals and Passive Liberals were both grouped into the "Exhausted Majority" along with the Politically Disengaged and Moderates. Traditional Conservatives and Devoted Conservatives were both listed as "Wing" tribes, meaning their views are far more rigid, they're less open to compromise and they're more extreme than the average American.
Unfortunately, that probably also means a lot more members of the Exhausted Majority are probably turned off from voting in the current political climate, which would explain why the more conservative wings of America's Hidden Tribes are doing so well electorally.
Of course, we're guessing pretty much everyone who doesn't own a MAGA hat is probably exhausted with politics ever since Trump came into office.