Party Hacks and True Believers: The Effect of Party Affiliation on Political Preferences

  title={Party Hacks and True Believers: The Effect of Party Affiliation on Political Preferences},
  author={Eric D. Gould and Esteban F. Klor},
  journal={PSN: Other Political Behavior: Voting \& Public Opinion (Topic)},
This paper examines the effect of party affiliation on an individual’s political views. To do this, we exploit the party realignment that occurred in the U.S. due to abortion becoming a more prominent and highly partisan issue over time. We show that abortion was not a highly partisan issue in 1982, but a person’s abortion views in 1982 led many to switch parties over time as the two main parties diverged in their stances on this issue. We find that voting for a given political party in 1996… 
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