Allies or Agitators? How Partisan Identity Shapes Public Opinion about Violent or Nonviolent Protests

  title={Allies or Agitators? How Partisan Identity Shapes Public Opinion about Violent or Nonviolent Protests},
  author={Yuan Hsiao and Scott Radnitz},
  journal={Political Communication},
  pages={479 - 497}
ABSTRACT In recent years, scholars have argued that protests that employ nonviolent tactics attract greater support and are therefore more likely to succeed than those that use violence. We argue that how protest tactics are perceived is not a purely objective determination, but can be influenced in part by observer characteristics – in particular, by partisan identity. We conducted a survey experiment on two independent samples through the MTurk platform, randomly assigning protester group… 
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