© 2022 MICHIGAN RADIO
91.7 Ann Arbor/Detroit 104.1 Grand Rapids 91.3 Port Huron 89.7 Lansing 91.1 Flint
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Polarizing Politicians: Is a top-two primary the answer?

2198278207_3dcf51d8ce_z.jpg
Ben+Sam
/
Flickr

How would things change if, instead of the political system we have now, we moved to a "top-two" primary? In other words, one primary in which the top two candidates, regardless of party, move on to the general election.

Paul deLespinasse is a professor emeritus of political science at Adrian College, and believes a big reason for gridlock in Congress and state legislatures in this country is our primary system. 

deLespinasse, who now lives in Oregon, says the current primary system is flawed because politicians tend to either be polarizing to voters, or tend to flip-flop in an attempt at being more centered, resulting in calls of being unprincipled. deLespinasse says a top-two primary system would help moderate politicians, and reduce political conflict and polarization.

Stateside is produced daily by a dedicated group of producers and production assistants. Listen daily, on-air, at 3 and 9 p.m., or subscribe to the daily podcast wherever you like to listen.
Related Content