Boston College political scientist David Hopkins can explain the gulf between the worldviews of Trump supporters and Clinton fans better than anyone. I talked to him about the divided America that’s come to light this grim election year.
Podcast: This political scientist cuts through the rhetoric and shows us what to look for on election night
Donald Trump at a rally at Freedom Hill Amphitheater in Sterling Heights, Michigan, on Sunday. Photo by Damon Winter / The New York Times
The campaigning is over. Today millions of U.S. voters go to the polls. They will elect a president, fill a third of the Senate seats, and vote for all 435 House members. Voters will also choose state representatives, judges, and other officials, and will have their say on a host of local referendums.
of the definitive textbook Presidential Elections: Strategies and Structures of
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In September, he and Matt Grossman published Asymmetric Politics:
And here’s more about Asymmetric Politics.
Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats, which turns out to be highly relevant for understanding the widening gulf between the worldviews of Trump supporters and Clinton fans. The two political parties they’re voting for are like night and day when it comes to views on democracy, truth, and the party’s role in the political process.
Hopkins shares what’s surprised him most this campaign season. He helps make sense of the divided America that’s come to light during this grim election year. And he lets us know what to look for once the first results start rolling in tonight.
—Translated from Dutch by Laura Martz and Erica Moore