Personal Experience and Public Opinion: A Theory and Test of Conditional Policy Feedback

  title={Personal Experience and Public Opinion: A Theory and Test of Conditional Policy Feedback},
  author={Amy E. Lerman and Katherine T. McCabe},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={624 - 641}
Using a regression discontinuity design, we show that personal experience with public health insurance programs exerts a causal influence on attitudes toward both Medicare and the Affordable Care Act. However, we argue that the conditional dynamics of these policy feedback effects differ from standard models of opinion formation and change. Specifically, we find that personal experience can shape preferences among those whose partisanship might otherwise make them resistant to elite messaging… 

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