Is Polarization a Myth?

  title={Is Polarization a Myth?},
  author={A. Abramowitz and K. Saunders},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={542 - 555}
  • A. Abramowitz, K. Saunders
  • Published 2008
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Politics
  • This article uses data from the American National Election Studies and national exit polls to test Fiorina's assertion that ideological polarization in the American public is a myth. Fiorina argues that twenty-first-century Americans, like the midtwentieth-century Americans described by Converse, “are not very well-informed about politics, do not hold many of their views very strongly, and are not ideological” (2006, 19). However, our evidence indicates that since the 1970s, ideological… CONTINUE READING
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