wedge issue


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wedge issue

a very divisive political issue used for drawing voters away from an opposing party whose supporters have conflicting opinions on it

wedge issue

n.
A sharply divisive political issue, especially one that is raised by a candidate or party in hopes of attracting or disaffecting a portion of an opponent's customary supporters.

wedge issue

n
an issue that is likely to cause division between the members of a group

wedge′ is`sue


n.
an issue that divides or causes conflict in an otherwise unified group: Abortion is a wedge issue for the Republican party.
[1990–95]
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