Have Americans' Attitudes Become More Polarized?—An Update*

  title={Have Americans' Attitudes Become More Polarized?—An Update*},
  author={John H Evans},
  journal={Social Science Quarterly},
Objective: I update the analysis of attitudinal polarization originally presented in DiMaggio, Evans and Bryson (DEB) (1996) by using newly available years of survey data. Method: Like DEB, I derive aggregate distributional parameters for social groups in each year of the surveys, and then regress the year of the surveys on each parameter. Results: As in DEB's original paper, there is little evidence of general polarization in attitudes between the early 1970s and today. However, while DEB… Expand

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