Affect, Not Ideology A Social Identity Perspective on Polarization

  title={Affect, Not Ideology A Social Identity Perspective on Polarization},
  author={Shanto Iyengar and Gaurav Sood and Yphtach Lelkes},
  journal={Public Opinion Quarterly},
The current debate over the extent of polarization in the American mass public focuses on the extent to which partisans’ policy preferences have moved. Whereas "maximalists" claim that partisans’ views on policies have become more extreme over time (Abramowitz 2010), "minimalists" (Fiorina and Abrams 2009) contend that the majority of Americans remain centrist, and that what little centrifugal movement has occurred reflects sorting, i.e., the increased association between partisanship and… 

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