A new study found that Americans aren't as divided on partisan lines as pundits say.
American politics experienced its lowest level of partisan conflict in four years in September, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. The measure fell to a value of 115.31 in September, compared to 120.25 in August and 140.54 in July, the bank revealed.
Its September measure was its lowest since the record set in August 2010, when the index measured 106.26.
The index “tends to increase near elections and during debates over such contentious policies as the debt ceiling and health-care reform,” the Philadelphia Fed said Wednesday.
The Partisan Conflict Index tracks political disagreement by measuring the frequency of newspaper articles reporting on it in a given month. Its comparisons of federal level disagreement date back to 1981. The higher the number, the higher conflict between Congress and the White House.
Look out for the next index update: Nov. 5 at 8:30 a.m., or the day after the 2014 midterm elections.