How Affective Polarization Shapes Americans’ Political Beliefs: A Study of Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

  title={How Affective Polarization Shapes Americans’ Political Beliefs: A Study of Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic},
  author={James N. Druckman and Samara Klar and Yanna Krupnikov and Matthew Levendusky and John Barry Ryan},
  journal={Journal of Experimental Political Science},
  pages={1 - 12}
Abstract Affective polarization – partisans’ dislike and distrust of those from the other party – has reached historically high levels in the United States. While numerous studies estimate its effect on apolitical outcomes (e.g., dating and economic transactions), we know much less about its effects on political beliefs. We argue that those who exhibit high levels of affective polarization politicize ostensibly apolitical issues and actors. An experiment focused on responses to COVID-19 that… 
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