Political analysis

Poll reveals deep partisan divide over America's status as a moral leader

Americans are deeply divided along party lines over whether they think the U.S. is setting a moral example for the rest of the world, according to a June 2018 survey by the Public Religion Research Institute.

Data: Public Religion Research Institute survey conducted June 2015, August 2017 and June 2018; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

The big picture: Politics are becoming more personal, and more polarized. The survey findings reflect an increasingly polarized political climate in the Trump era, with the administration's policy proposals increasingly furthering the divide.

David Brooks says this is the Jordan Peterson moment

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Jordan Peterson, a University of Toronto psychology professor who has 506,000 Twitter followers, published his book, "12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos," in January. And his work has prompted David Brooks to mark "The Jordan Peterson Moment":

"My friend Tyler Cowen argues that Jordan Peterson is the most influential public intellectual in the Western world right now, and he has a point. Peterson ... has found his real home on YouTube, where his videos have attracted something like 40 million views. ... [H]e eviscerates identity politics and political correctness."