Political discourse in America has undoubtedly affected every avenue of the culture from television and movies, to social media, and even common language use. A recently conducted poll on America’s polarizing landscape says political correctness has much to do to blame for the transition in the culture.
Even superstar comedian Steve Carell recently said political correctness has permeated so much of today’s culture that iconic comedy series “The Office,” who Carell stars as Dunder Mifflin regional manager Michael Scott, would not be successful in the current PC climate.
A poll conducted in October by More in Common, a British-based organization, found that 80 percent of the general population said, “political correctness is a problem in our country.”
The study further broke down the critique of political correctness into various demographics like age, income, and ethnicity.
All ethnic classes that were polled said that political correctness is a problem in America, via the Atlantic:
Whites are ever so slightly less likely than average to believe that political correctness is a problem in the country: 79 percent of them share this sentiment. Instead, it is Asians (82 percent), Hispanics (87 percent), and American Indians (88 percent) who are most likely to oppose political correctness.
Three quarters of African Americans oppose political correctness. This means that they are only four percentage points less likely than whites, and only five percentage points less likely than the average, to believe that political correctness is a problem.
All age groups as well said political correctness was a problem.
But, political affiliation served as an indicator for which groups said political correctness was a problem and all but one group said it was a problem dividing Americans.
You probably guessed it: progressives.
Among devoted conservatives, 97 percent believe that political correctness is a problem. Among traditional liberals, 61 percent do. Progressive activists are the only group that strongly backs political correctness: Only 30 percent see it as a problem.
One obvious question is what people mean by “political correctness.” In the extended interviews and focus groups, participants made clear that they were concerned about their day-to-day ability to express themselves: They worry that a lack of familiarity with a topic, or an unthinking word choice, could lead to serious social sanctions for them. But since the survey question did not define political correctness for respondents, we cannot be sure what, exactly, the 80 percent of Americans who regard it as a problem have in mind.
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