The Influence of Partisan Motivated Reasoning on Public Opinion

  title={The Influence of Partisan Motivated Reasoning on Public Opinion},
  author={Toby Bolsen and Druckman and Fay Lomax Cook},
Political parties play a vital role in democracies by linking citizens to their representatives. Nonetheless, a longstanding concern is that partisan identification slants decision-making. Citizens may support (oppose) policies that they would otherwise oppose (support) in the absence of an endorsement from a political party—this is due in large part to what is called partisan motivated reasoning where individuals interpret information through the lens of their party commitment. We explore… CONTINUE READING
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