Proposal for 2016 Pilot Study: Untangling Dislike for the Opposing Party from a Dislike of Parties

Recent scholarship suggests unprecedented levels of polarization among the American public. In particular, this polarization is not founded in ideological leanings, but rather in affect. People, it seems, dislike the other party more than they ever have before (Iyengar et al. 2012). In fact, as Iyengar and Westwood (2014) argue, partisanship creates a sharper divide amongst individuals than race. This affective polarization has deepened over the last decade (Iyengar et al 2012).

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