Is there anywhere that politics isn't brutal and divisive? It's an honest question, I really don't know about countries like Norway and Denmark. I can tell that in the U.S. and Britain, we are both going through one of those times where it gets overheated.
I used to live in Salt Lake City, right in the heart of conservative Mormon country where the church has carried on a public battle against gay marriage on a national stage. And yet, somehow, the voters of Salt Lake elected a lesbian mayor who married another woman and her current popularity seems to stand at 51 for, 43 against. It's fascinating to watch it play out.