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AP editor: 'more accepting generation' creating less 'prejudice' in America


From Associated Press National Politics Editor Liz Sidoti's latest column, a commentary on recent polls that show American attitudes toward social issues have become increasingly liberal:

In a relatively short span, American views have shifted on everything from gay marriage to marijuana legalization to illegal immigration and, perhaps, more. ...

Certainly, prejudice still exists and it will likely forever. But the numbers agree. When it comes to social policy, at least, we are changing. ...

At first glance, these swings in public opinion, and the political changes that at times grudgingly follow, seem easy to explain: Our culture is increasingly defined by the younger, more liberal, more accepting generation but our system of laws remain defined by the older, more conservative, less tolerant generation.


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