Answer the following prompts and respond to two of your peers for full credit. When making your initial response, be sure to use the information you have read from the text with specific examples to support your answers. Your response should be informed and should not be off the top of your head or based on a Google search. The point of our discussion is to apply the information you have read from the text to a scholarly discussion with your peers. Opinions should be supported by evidence from the text.

1. Members of Congress are overwhelmingly white, male, Christian, older, wealthy, and highly educated. These demographics are not shared by the majority of Americans. Descriptive representation is a belief that constituents are more effectively represented by legislators who are similar to them in such key demographic characteristics as race, gender, ethnicity, or religion. Do you believe this is true? Why or why not?

2. How has increased polarization of the parties over the years affected Congress’s ability to perform its functions?

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