Politics May Get in the Way of Empathy, Research Shows – US News and World Report

A new study finds that empathy — the ability to understand and share someone else’s feelings — vanishes when people have different political views.


U.S. researchers asked the study participants to read a short story about a person — either a Democrat or a Republican — who went hiking in winter and got lost with no food, water or extra clothes. People who had the same politics as the fictional hiker felt empathy for the hiker, while those with opposing political views did not.