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11.09.2019 | Original Paper

The Activation of Prejudice and Presidential Voting: Panel Evidence from the 2016 U.S. Election

Divisions between Whites and Blacks have long influenced voting. Yet given America’s growing Latino population, will Whites’ attitudes toward Blacks continue to predict their voting behavior? Might anti-Latino prejudice join or supplant them?

Daniel J. Hopkins

29.08.2019 | Original Paper

The Higher Power of Religiosity Over Personality on Political Ideology

Two streams of research, culture war and system justification, have proposed that religious orientations and personality, respectively, play critical roles in political orientations. There has been only limited work integrating these two streams.

Aleksander Ksiazkiewicz, Amanda Friesen

27.08.2019 | Original Paper

Which Party Represents My Group? The Group Foundations of Partisan Choice and Polarization

While groups have been central to thinking about partisan identity and choices, there has been surprisingly little attention paid to the role of perceptions of the group composition of the parties. We explore this critical linking information in …

Ryan L. Claassen, Paul A. Djupe, Andrew R. Lewis, Jacob R. Neiheisel

09.08.2019 | Original Paper

Helping the Homeless: The Role of Empathy, Race and Deservingness in Motivating Policy Support and Charitable Giving

What will motivate citizens to support efforts to help those in need? Charitable organizations seeking support for their cause will often use the story of a specific individual to illustrate the problem and generate support. We explore the …

Kimberly Gross, Julie Wronski

03.08.2019 | Original Paper

A Matter of Principle? On the Relationship Between Racial Resentment and Ideology

Though most scholars of race and politics agree that old-fashioned racism largely gave way to a new symbolic form of racism over the course of the last half century, there is still disagreement about how to best empirically capture this new form …

Adam M. Enders

01.08.2019 | Original Paper

Risk Attitudes and Independence Vote Choice

In this article, we examine the impact of risk attitudes on vote choice in the context of a salient referendum with high levels of uncertainty about the consequences of the ballot proposal. Using data from a pre- and post-referendum panel survey …

Robert Liñeira, Ailsa Henderson

03.07.2019 | Original Paper

Party Animals? Extreme Partisan Polarization and Dehumanization

The affective, identity based, and often negative nature of partisan polarization in the United States has been a subject of much scholarly attention. Applying insights from recent work in social psychology, we employ three novel large-N, broadly …

James L. Martherus, Andres G. Martinez, Paul K. Piff, Alexander G. Theodoridis

26.06.2019 | Original Paper

Position Taking on the President’s Agenda

Several political scientists argue that electorally vulnerable legislators should be more likely to cast, rather than skip, legislative roll call votes. However, most empirical studies find limited evidence to support this claim. In this article …

Jason S. Byers, Laine P. Shay

20.06.2019 | Original Paper

In-Group Love Versus Out-Group Hate: Which Is More Important to Partisans and When?

Recent evidence indicates that partisans discriminate against those from the opposing party. However, it is still unclear whether partisan out-group prejudice reveals a desire for out-group harm or in-group help. We investigate the conditions …

Karyn Amira, Jennifer Cole Wright, Daniela Goya-Tocchetto

14.06.2019 | Original Paper

Not Dead Yet: Political Learning from Newspapers in a Changing Media Landscape

Shrinking audiences and political coverage cutbacks threaten newspapers’ ability to inform the public about politics. Despite substantial theorizing and widespread concern, it remains unclear how much the public can learn from these struggling …

Erik Peterson

06.06.2019 | Original Paper

Opinion Shift and Stability: The Information Environment and Long-Lasting Opposition to Trump’s Muslim Ban

On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed executive order 13769, which denied citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries entry into the United States. Opposition to what was termed the “Muslim ban” quickly amassed, producing sudden shifts to …

Kassra A. R. Oskooii, Nazita Lajevardi, Loren Collingwood

03.06.2019 | Original Paper

Political Considerations in Nonpolitical Decisions: A Conjoint Analysis of Roommate Choice

Research shows the increasing tendency of partisan considerations to influence decisions outside the context of politics, including residential choice. Scholars attribute this tendency to affective distaste for members of the other party. However …

Richard M. Shafranek

29.05.2019 | Original Paper

Contentious Federalism: Sheriffs, State Legislatures, and Political Violence in the American West

Despite the extensive literature probing individual motivations for committing political violence, little existing academic research directly examines the role of local governments in encouraging political violence. I use a federalism perspective …

Zoe Nemerever

23.05.2019 | Original Paper

Gender Differences in Emotional Reactions to the First 2016 Presidential Debate

The first presidential debate of 2016 was historic along a number of dimensions, including the first woman general election candidate and the first general election candidate in history with no political or military experience. Given the presence …

Kim L. Fridkin, Sarah Allen Gershon, Jillian Courey, Kristina LaPlant

21.05.2019 | Original Paper

Friends from Across the Aisle: The Effects of Partisan Bonding, Partisan Bridging, and Network Disagreement on Outparty Attitudes and Political Engagement

Research on the influence of social networks on political behavior has led to findings showing an apparent trade-off between positive attitudes toward the outparty and political engagement. The prevalent sentiments have been that partisan bonding …

Nathanael Gratias Sumaktoyo

14.05.2019 | Original Paper

Exposure to Immigration and Admission Preferences: Evidence from France

To what extent does exposure to immigration condition the types of immigrants citizens are willing to admit? Extending the conjoint approach adopted by Hainmueller and Hopkins (Am J Pol Sci 59(3):529–548, 2015), this study investigates whether the …

Katherine Clayton, Jeremy Ferwerda, Yusaku Horiuchi

13.05.2019 | Original Paper

Distorting the News? The Mechanisms of Partisan Media Bias and Its Effects on News Production

Integrating scholarship from several fields of study, this paper proposes a new model for understanding how partisan bias operates and how to measure its effects. We chart the factors that influence partisan bias over news production within news …

Doron Shultziner, Yelena Stukalin

02.05.2019 | Original Paper

The Democratic Consequences of Anti-immigrant Political Rhetoric: A Mixed Methods Study of Immigrants’ Political Belonging

Anti-immigrant political rhetoric is proliferating in Europe, inspiring research to examine the potential effects on public opinion. However, studies of the reactions of first- and second-generation immigrants—the objects of this rhetoric—remain …

Kristina Bakkær Simonsen

29.04.2019 | Original Paper

Racial Isolation Drives Racial Voting: Evidence from the New South Africa

How does local demographic context shape political behavior? We investigate how racial isolation, one of the natural consequences of structural segregation, is related to racial voting in South Africa. Using a variety of new datasets, which …

Daniel de Kadt, Melissa L. Sands

29.04.2019 | Original Paper

How Labor Unions Increase Political Knowledge: Evidence from the United States

Labor unions have long been important political actors, mobilizing voters, shaping their members’ attitudes, and influencing representation and economic inequality. However, little is known regarding unions’ influence on political knowledge. In …

David Macdonald