Political polarization

Two Americas on everything

Tic tac toe board with elephants and donkeys
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Imagine Watergate — or even the Clinton impeachment — in a country this divided.

The big picture: Americans no longer agree on just about anything, down to the level of who can be trusted to arbitrate truth from fiction or how to differentiate common sense from nonsense, according to a new AP-NORC poll.

Impeachment's dueling echo chambers

Photo collage with three chyrons from CNN, Fox and MSNBC on the impeachment hearings
Cable news chyrons at 8:01pm ET Wednesday

The story of the first day of public impeachment hearings varied dramatically Wednesday based on where consumers get their news.

Why it matters: The absence of shared facts and narratives on TV and online will make it hard for either party to make its case stick.