wedge issue


Definition of wedge issue

: a political issue that divides a candidate's supporters or the members of a party

Examples of wedge issue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For him, as for a chunk of the electorate, the COVID-19 pandemic is a wedge issue. Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2022 The salvos were among the latest to draw widespread attention in the country’s ongoing culture wars, as conservatives push to make education a political wedge issue. NBC News, 21 Apr. 2022 At the same time, Republicans have seized on the spike in violent crime under the broad umbrella of public safety as a wedge issue to reshape how voters view gun violence. Steve Peoples, Hartford Courant, 19 Apr. 2022 Debate over inflation’s causes and how to address the situation have become a political wedge issue. John Mccormick, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2022 In an election year, as epidemiologist Celine Gounder recently noted, the pandemic was guaranteed to become a political wedge issue. Joel Achenbach, Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2022 The use of such rhetoric, opponents of the new laws argue, underscores a nationwide push by conservatives to make education a political wedge issue by equating certain teaching materials and educators with pornography and even pedophilia. Kimberlee Kruesi And Karena Phan, Chron, 29 Mar. 2022 Alabama State Senator Tim Melson, R-Florence, an anesthesiologist who championed the legislation to legalize medical marijuana last year, also accused James of trying to embellish the law to create a political wedge issue in the governor’s race. al, 26 Mar. 2022 Hungary may be a bellwether of whether making gay rights a wedge issue pays off. Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of wedge issue

1982, in the meaning defined above

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18 May 2022

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“Wedge issue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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