February 24, 2019

lEFT AND rIGHT ARE MISERABLE BUT AMERICA IS NEITHER:

Cheer up. Despite national gloom, we're actually pretty happy with our lives and neighbors. (Ryan Streeter,  Feb. 18, 2019m USA Today)

People are actually pretty happy with life in their communities. They think things are looking up for them, even if they think things are looking down for the country as a whole.

For instance, identity politics is overblown. Seventy-five percent of Americans derive a sense of community from the city where they live, compared with 64 percent who cite their political ideology and 58 percent their ethnic identity. Identity politics has its limits. [...]

Are our communities falling apart? Nearly three-quarters of Americans are satisfied to some degree with how things are going in our local communities, compared with just 43 percent who feel the same about the country. Eight in 10 Americans rate their communities as good or excellent places to live.

None of this means things are perfect. There are real differences by race and income in how satisfied people are with their neighborhoods, but majorities -- and often significant majorities -- in every demographic category are satisfied with their communities.

In reality, our lives are about much more than the "national conversations" in which we participate on social media. We go to work, run errands, pick the kids up from school, hang out at the bar with friends, and go to yoga classes and Bible studies. There is a lot of togetherness in America that we overlook while savaging each other on social media and shouting at the television.

We actually get along pretty well with each other. At least 74 percent of people in every racial, income and age group in America say those in their neighborhood get along fairly well or very well. Fifty-one percent of Americans talk to their neighbors at least a few times a week. Only 37 percent report helping neighbors with something a few times a month or more, but 75 percent say they live in a community in which people are willing to help out if needed.


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