Coronavirus pandemic exposes stark differences in Orange County

Instead, the disease has become “a divisive force,” said Peter Ditto, a professor of psychology at UC Irvine who specializes in decision making and political polarization. “It’s been an interesting split,” Ditto said. “Rich from poor, ethnically and racially, and politically.” … “There’s been a trend over the last 20 years, at least, of politics increasingly insinuating itself into every nook and cranny of everyday life,” said UCI Professor Ditto, who grew up in San Clemente.