Clearer Cues, More Consistent Voters: A Benefit of Elite Polarization

  title={Clearer Cues, More Consistent Voters: A Benefit of Elite Polarization},
  author={Matthew Levendusky},
  journal={Political Behavior},
Scholars typically argue that elite polarization has only negative consequences for American politics. I challenge this view by demonstrating that elite polarization, by clarifying where the parties stand on the issues of the day, causes ordinary voters to adopt more consistent attitudes. Scholars have made such claims in the past, but because only observational data has been available, demonstrating a cause-and-effect relationship has proven to be difficult. I use original experiments to… Expand

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