American Backlash

American Backlash is a study of American values that goes beyond the Red versus Blue dichotomy, beyond the litany of divisive political issues that receive so much attention in American public discourse: abortion, stem-cell research, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, Darwin versus Genesis, prayer in schools, and so on. Widening the lens to examine the psychology of American society as a whole, Canadian pollster Michael Adams argues that it is neither Red nor Blue America that represents the overall trajectory of social change in the United States. Rather, it is that nearly half the population disengaged from politics that is the greatest barometer of where American society is headed.

Relying on over 8,000 social values questionnaires fielded in the United States from 1992 through 2004, Adams offers unique insight into social and political change in the world's most powerful nation.