Who Fits the Left-Right Divide? Partisan Polarization in the American Electorate

  title={Who Fits the Left-Right Divide? Partisan Polarization in the American Electorate},
  author={E. Carmines and Michael J. Ensley and M. W. Wagner},
  journal={American Behavioral Scientist},
  pages={1631 - 1653}
How has the American public responded to elite partisan polarization? Using panel data from both the Cooperative Campaign Analysis Project and the American National Election Studies, we explore the partisan consequences of the discrepancy between the one-dimensional structure of elite policy preferences and the two-dimensional structure of citizens’ policy preferences. We find that those citizens with preferences that are consistently liberal or consistently conservative across both economic… Expand

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