I covered that poll earlier this month when it was released.
“In the aftermath of the Capitol attack, the polling firm Echelon Insights decided to ask voters a simple question: Do they think the goal of politics is more about “enacting good public policy” or “ensuring the country’s survival as we know it?”
Only 25 percent of Republicans said politics is about policy; nearly half said it’s about survival. That’s today’s Republican Party in a nutshell. …”
Of the two sides, the poll found that Republicans were more concerned with policy issues than the Democrats. The Democrats were focused on Trump voters and White Nationalism. Specifically, the dividing line and the thing that really drives the intense cultural polarization in this country is immigration and political correctness and the underlying issues of cosmopolitanism and modernism although most voters wouldn’t recognize those last two terms. This is what the Right dislikes about America’s elites. It is also what pits Republican establishment voters against populist voters.
By cosmopolitanism, I mean the reflexive tendency of elites to identify with minority groups and foreigners and their deep sense of alienation from natives, especially White Christians out in the Heartland. Cosmopolitanism became hegemonic in the 1940s and 1950s. By modernism, I mean an aesthetic or sensibility that is deeply elitist, anti-populist and anti-traditional, which prizes cultural liberation and cultural egalitarianism, which romanticizes the interior self and extreme individual self-expression and which is obsessed with the transformation of consciousness and novelty seeking.
We can trace the genealogy of the culture war back to the early 20th century and the years between 1920 and 1950 when American elites began to adopt these views. Cosmopolitanism, modernism, antiracism and political correctness have all emerged since World War I.