Proposal for the 2016 Time Series: Self-Monitoring

The degree to which individuals are influenced by social pressures can be captured in a
survey measure known as self-monitoring. Political scientists increasingly recognize its
importance in survey response (e.g. Terkildsen 1994; Berinsky 2004; Berinsky and
Lavine 2006; Weber, Huddy, Lavine, and Federico 2014; Klar and Krupnikov 2016).
Self-monitoring hinges on the notion that individuals vary in their degree of “expressive
control,” differing with respect to “lying, concealing one’s true intentions, or presenting
an inauthentic self” (Gangestad and Snyder 2000, 530). High self-monitors are more
sensitive to self-presentation, situational cues, and self-image. Low self-monitors, on the
other hand, are more likely to rely on internal states, such as values, attitudes, and general
beliefs.

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