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Are politics in the U.S. unusually contentious?

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In April 2011, California Governor Jerry Brown claimed that the country was the most divided it has been since the Civil War, and many pundits agree. Is that just sensationalist bias? Does it just feel more contentious because of things like the Internet and the red state / blue state nomenclature introduced in 2000? See further explanation for a link to a blog post about the Governor's claim.

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