‘ALT-RIGHT’ A MYSTERY TO MOST AMERICANS
“News of the political movement known as the alt-right has sparked considerable debate in recent weeks, with President-elect Donald Trump drawing criticism for naming a senior adviser who is associated with it and media outlets wrestling with how to define and refer to it. Most Americans, however, haven’t heard of the movement at all,” writes John Gramlich, an analyst for the Pew Research Center, which released a survey on the issue on Monday.
“A majority (54 percent) of U.S. adults say they have heard ‘nothing at all’ about the alt-right movement and another 28 percent have heard only ‘a little’ about it. Just 17 percent say they have heard ‘a lot’ about the movement,” Mr. Gramlich continues. “Liberal Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents are far more likely than other Democrats to have heard about the movement. Two-thirds of liberal Democrats have heard a lot or a little about it, compared with fewer than half of conservative or moderate Democrats (39 percent) and just four-in-10 Republicans.”
It’s complicated, and the evolving “movement” — first identified in 2002 — garners considerable press attention.
“The alt-right is small. It may remain so. And yet, while small, it is part of something this election showed to be much bigger: the emergence of white people, who evidently feel their identity is under attack, as a ‘minority’-style political bloc,” wrote Christopher Caldwell, a senior editor for The Weekly Standard, in a recent op-ed for The New York Times. See more numbers in the Poll du Jour at column’s end.
Demonstrators at Texas A&M University protest against the “alt-right,” but a new poll shows few Americans are familiar with the term.