New Hampshire Rep. Jacqueline Cali-Pitts (D) on Thursday lamented the partisanship in the state’s legislature.
“In New Hampshire I believe we are in a civil war,” she told PBS Newshour. “And we are all brothers, and we are fighting each other needlessly. It never used to be this way and it shouldn’t be this way. We need to look at the entire people of New Hampshire… We need to stop the foolishness. It is suicide.”
A poll recently released by the Pew Research Center found Americans had become increasingly partisan over the past 25 years. The greatest surges in partisanship occurred recently, during the presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
“In recent years, both parties have become smaller and more ideologically homogeneous,” the research firm noted. “Republicans are dominated by self-described conservatives, while a smaller but growing number of Democrats call themselves liberals. Among Republicans, conservatives continue to outnumber moderates by about two-to-one. And there are now as many liberal Democrats as moderate Democrats.”
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