“I Disrespectfully Agree”: The Differential Effects of Partisan Sorting on Social and Issue Polarization

  title={“I Disrespectfully Agree”: The Differential Effects of Partisan Sorting on Social and Issue Polarization},
  author={Lilliana Mason},
  journal={American Journal of Political Science},
  • Lilliana Mason
  • Published 2015
  • Political Science
  • American Journal of Political Science
Disagreements over whether polarization exists in the mass public have confounded two separate types of polarization. When social polarization is separated from issue position polarization, both sides of the polarization debate can be simultaneously correct. Social polarization, characterized by increased levels of partisan bias, activism, and anger, is increasing, driven by partisan identity and political identity alignment, and does not require the same magnitude of issue position… Expand

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