With all the talk about the red/blue divide in America being a rural vs. urban divide, and also how the Electoral College and Senate give an unfair advantage to rural red states, I wanted to ask whether Dopers feel that rural people understand urban people and issues better than vice versa.
My WAG is that while both sides stereotype or lack true understanding of the other, it is likely that rural people have a slightly better grasp of urban issues than vice versa; one reason being that some rural issues (such as farming, ranching, etc.) are of a nature that “You have to have lived it or done it in order to understand it” - i.e, how much water a farm needs, the logistics of farming, etc. - whereas urban issues are somewhat more straightforward and easy to understand (rent, crime, diversity, zoning, school districting, etc.)
Of course, “rural people are backward hillbilly rednecks” and “urban people are immoral liberal city snobs” is a stereotype that has endured for many decades…
This matters at the Electoral College/Senate level because decisions made by rural and urban people who do not understand each other’s issues can have a severe impact on each other (rural people who think gun control isn’t needed even in downtown cities and urban people who think rural regions don’t need that much water for farming, etc.)