Why College Students Drift Left: The Stability of Political Identity and Relative Malleability of Issue Positions among College Students

  title={Why College Students Drift Left: The Stability of Political Identity and Relative Malleability of Issue Positions among College Students},
  author={Matthew C. Woessner and April Kelly-Woessner},
  journal={PS: Political Science \& Politics},
  pages={657 - 664}
ABSTRACT In considering the liberalizing effect of college on students’ political values, we argue that political identities—in the form of self-identified ideology or partisanship—are components of social identity and are resistant to change. Using data from the Higher Education Research Institute’s student surveys, we show that what movement in identity does occur is mostly a regression to the mean effect. On several issue positions, however, students move in a more uniform leftward direction… 
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