Have American's Social Attitudes Become More Polarized?

  title={Have American's Social Attitudes Become More Polarized?},
  author={Paul J. Dimaggio and John H Evans and Bethany Bryson},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={690 - 755}
Many observers have asserted with little evidence that Americans' social opinions have become polarized. Using General Social Survey and National Election Survey social attitude items that have been repeated regularly over 20 years, the authors ask (1) Have Americans' opinions become more dispersed (higher variance)? (2) Have distributions become flatter or more bimodal (declining kurtosis)? (3) Have opinions become more ideologically constrained within and across opinion domains? (4) Have… Expand
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