WASHINGTON (AP) — Political polarization in America has broken out of the voting booth.The story makes no reference to the economic dis-ease woven into today's society. My feeling is that that dis-ease exacerbates the sense of division and narrowness. In England, a research paper suggests that the economic downturn may be responsible for an increase in suicides.
A new survey from the Pew Research Center finds Americans are divided by ideology and partisanship not only when they cast ballots, but also in choosing where to live, where to get their news and with whom to associate.
And peaceful coexistence is increasingly difficult.
The economic crisis in Europe and North America led to more than 10,000 extra suicides, according to figures from UK researchers.A study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, showed "suicides have risen markedly".
The research group said some deaths may have been avoidable as some countries showed no increase in suicide rate.