Voters are starting to act like hard-core sports fans – with dangerous repercussions for democracy

The lines between political fandom and sports fandom have blurred. Wesley Hitt/Getty Images During Donald Trump’s presidency, the American electorate became more divided and partisan, with research suggesting that the ongoing division is less about policy and more about labels like “conservative” and “liberal.” Essentially, voters increasingly see themselves in one of two camps – a “red team” and “blue team,” each with a faction of hard-core members. The dangerous extent of this devotion was on display when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, convinced that the election had bee…

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