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American politics is contentious, but the public is not as polarized as it thinks it is

Ahler, Douglas J. (2014) American politics is contentious, but the public is not as polarized as it thinks it is. LSE American Politics and Policy (24 Jul 2014). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Few would disagree that there is little apparent common ground remaining between Democrats and Republicans in Congress, but is the American public just as polarized? Douglas J. Ahler sampled over 2,000 respondents on their own political leanings and their judgments of how liberal and conservative others are. He finds that respondents tended to overestimate polarization in the mass public, including that of those on their, and on the other side, of the ideological spectrum. He also finds that overestimating polarization among one’s peers leads individuals to adopt more extreme political attitudes.

Item Type: Website (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author
Subjects: E History America > E11 America (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2014 14:49
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2014 14:49
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/58968

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