More Polarized but More Independent

  title={More Polarized but More Independent},
  author={Jean M. Twenge and Nathan Honeycutt and Radmila Prislin and Ryne A. Sherman},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={1364 - 1383}
In three nationally representative surveys of U.S. residents (N = 10 million) from 1970 to 2015, more Americans in the early 2010s (vs. previous decades) identified as Independent, including when age effects were controlled. More in the early 2010s (vs. previous decades) expressed polarized political views, including stronger political party affiliation or more extreme ideological self-categorization (liberal vs. conservative) with fewer identifying as moderate. The correlation between party… 

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