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Improving Public Opinion SurveysInterdisciplinary Innovation and the American National Election Studies$
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John H. Aldrich and Kathleen M. McGraw

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151458

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151458.001.0001

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Perceptions of Similarity and Agreement in Partisan Groups

Perceptions of Similarity and Agreement in Partisan Groups

(p.195) Chapter 12 Perceptions of Similarity and Agreement in Partisan Groups
Improving Public Opinion Surveys

Eric A. Whitaker

John M. Fulwider

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines whether there are perceptual differences in how partisan identifiers think about the in-group and out-group, and whether these judgments relate reliably to other attitudes and political behaviors. It first selectively reviews the psychological literature on social identity theory and group-based perceptual differences, focusing primarily on the out-group homogeneity effect. The subsequent analyses then consider and examine: how perceptions of in-group and out-group similarity and agreement vary among Democrats and Republicans, whether these judgments are systematically related to affective judgments about political groups and political figures, and whether these judgments relate to conventional political behaviors, such as voter turnout and vote choice. Finally, the chapter concludes with a set of recommendations for future research.

Keywords:   partisan groups, partisan identifiers, in-group, out-group, social identity theory, perceptual differences, out-group homogeneity, political groups

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