‘ALT-RIGHT’ A MYS­TERY TO MOST AMER­I­CANS

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

“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.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

De­mon­stra­tors at Texas A&M Univer­sity protest against the “alt-right,” but a new poll shows few Amer­i­cans are fa­mil­iar with the term.

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