March 27, 2019
by Jennifer Tiedemann
You might expect cities to be bastions of tolerance in America—after all, they offer greater exposure to culture, not to mention the progressive politics frequently associated with open-mindedness. But it turns out that many cities and their environs are among the most politically prejudiced places in America—and that should tell us something about how we can all work to improve how we relate to one another.
A recent article in The Atlantic explores how partisan prejudice in America breaks down geographically, and the data belie the assertion that cities are tolerant places. Among counties with a population of at least 100,000, Suffolk County, Massachusetts — home to Boston — is the most politically intolerant country in the country, according to data from polling and analytics firm PredictWise.
Jennifer Tiedemann is the Deputy Director of Communications at the Goldwater Institute.