Beyond the Running Tally: Partisan Bias in Political Perceptions

  title={Beyond the Running Tally: Partisan Bias in Political Perceptions},
  author={Larry M. Bartels},
  journal={Political Behavior},
I examine the impact of long-term partisan loyalties on perceptions of specific political figures and events. In contrast to the notion of partisanship as a simple “running tally” of political assessments, I show that party identification is a pervasive dynamic force shaping citizens' perceptions of, and reactions to, the political world. My analysis employs panel data to isolate the impact of partisan bias in the context of a Bayesian model of opinion change; I also present more… Expand
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