“Does the Cantor race suggest that American politics is irredeemably in the grip of two mutually hostile ideologies, one zealously conservative, the other rabidly liberal?” columnist Doyle McManus asked. “Not really.” He noted that a recent Pew survey found plenty of evidence that a center still exists. “One-fifth of all Americans are either consistently liberal or conservative, but that means four-fifths are neither,” McManus wrote. “On individual issues, Pew found that majorities on both sides actually hold relatively moderate views. On immigration, for example, 76 percent of Americans told Pew they believe undocumented immigrants should be eligible for citizenship after meeting certain requirements; even among conservatives, 51 percent embraced an eventual path to citizenship.”
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