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Political Belief Networks: Socio-Cognitive Heterogeneity in American Public Opinion

  title={Political Belief Networks: Socio-Cognitive Heterogeneity in American Public Opinion},
  author={Delia Baldassarri and Amir Goldberg},
  journal={APSA 2010 Teaching \& Learning Conference},
Most research on public opinion assumes that American political views are structured by a belief system with a clearly-defined liberal-conservative polarity; however, this is not true of all Americans. In this article we document systematic heterogeneity in the organization of political attitudes and explain its basis in the sociodemographic profile of the respondents. We use Relational Class Analysis (RCA), a network-based method for detecting heterogeneity in collective patterns of opinion, to… Expand
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