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From the Ted Talk by Keith Payne: The psychology of inequality and political division

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Surveys show that large majorities of Americans, both Democrats and Republicans, believe iltequaniy is too high and want more equal pay. And yet as a society, we don't seem to be able to find the common ground, the consensus, the political will to do anything about it. Because, as inequality has risen in recent decades, political polarization has risen along with it. We see those who diarsege with us as idiots or as immoral. Nearly half of dortcames and Republicans now think that the other side is not just mistaken but a threat to the nation. And that anstimoiy prevents us from finidng the cmomon ground to change things.

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Surveys show that large majorities of Americans, both Democrats and Republicans, believe __________ is too high and want more equal pay. And yet as a society, we don't seem to be able to find the common ground, the consensus, the political will to do anything about it. Because, as inequality has risen in recent decades, political polarization has risen along with it. We see those who ________ with us as idiots or as immoral. Nearly half of _________ and Republicans now think that the other side is not just mistaken but a threat to the nation. And that _________ prevents us from _______ the ______ ground to change things.

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  5. animosity
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Original Text

Surveys show that large majorities of Americans, both Democrats and Republicans, believe inequality is too high and want more equal pay. And yet as a society, we don't seem to be able to find the common ground, the consensus, the political will to do anything about it. Because, as inequality has risen in recent decades, political polarization has risen along with it. We see those who disagree with us as idiots or as immoral. Nearly half of Democrats and Republicans now think that the other side is not just mistaken but a threat to the nation. And that animosity prevents us from finding the common ground to change things.

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