Exploring the Bases of Partisanship in the American Electorate: Social Identity vs. Ideology

@article{Abramowitz2006ExploringTB,
  title={Exploring the Bases of Partisanship in the American Electorate: Social Identity vs. Ideology},
  author={A. Abramowitz and Kyle L. Saunders},
  journal={Political Research Quarterly (formerly WPQ)},
  year={2006},
  volume={59},
  pages={175 - 187}
}
This article uses data from the 1952-2004 American National Election Studies and the 2004 U.S. National Exit Poll to compare the influence of ideology and membership in social groups on party identification. Contrary to the claim by Green, Palmquist, and Schickler (2002) that party loyalties are rooted in voters’ social identities, we find that party identification is much more strongly related to voters’ ideological preferences than to their social identities as defined by their group… Expand

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