The Monkey Cage: Polarization


Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/31/2014

Understanding death penalty attitudes: Conservatism is not the same as racism

Whites support the death penalty a lot more than blacks. But it didn’t used to be that way.

By Andrew Gelman  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Death penalty, Polarization, Racism

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 03/21/2014

Robert Strauss is dead, but political parties are alive and well

National Party organizations matter more now than they did in Robert Strauss’s day.

By David Karol  |  10:59 AM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Parties, Polarization, Robert Strauss

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/10/2014

Notes from a former good ol’ boy

A gay Democrat in a small Southern town was more afraid of the reaction to his politics than to his sexual orientation.

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Tags:  Polarization

Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 02/25/2014

Gridlock is bad. The alternative is worse.

The only thing worse than gridlocked political parties that can’t enact their agenda? Unfettered parties that can.

By Morris P. Fiorina  |  08:24 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, gridlock, Polarization, reform

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 02/20/2014

In America, polarization is a problem. In Britain, it could be a solution.

Think the U.S. could use less polarization, more centrist politicians, and maybe a third party? At look at British politics might change your mind.

By Rob Ford  |  08:30 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Britain, Polarization, UKIP

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 02/18/2014

Canada is polarizing--and it’s because of the parties

In Canada, polarization is real--and it’s the product of parties’ strategic choices, not voters’ changing views.

By Richard Johnston  |  01:30 PM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Canada, Polarization, Political Parties

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 02/17/2014

Sure, Congress is polarized. But other legislatures are more so.

If polarization is an American problem, why is it higher in other countries?

By David W. Brady  |  04:55 PM ET, 02/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Britain, Comparative Politics, Japan, Polarization

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/14/2014

Our political parties are networked, not fragmented

And networked parties aren’t necessarily less effective.

By Seth Masket  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Polarization

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 02/13/2014

Polarization in Congress has risen sharply. Where is it going next?

The weather forecast calls for cooling. This polarization forecast? Not so much.

By Christopher Hare, Keith T. Poole and and Howard Rosenthal  |  09:15 AM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Polarization

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 02/10/2014

Politics stops at the water’s edge? Not recently.

If you thought that foreign policy was immune from partisan polarization, think again.

By Robert J. Lieber  |  08:01 AM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  foreign policy, Polarization, public opinion

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/06/2014

How to fix our polarized politics? Strengthen political parties.

The only way to fight political fragmentation is by empowering parties.

By Richard Pildes  |  12:00 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Polarization

Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 02/03/2014

Are Fox and MSNBC polarizing America?

Today’s changing media environment mostly affects those voters who are already committed partisans.

By Matt Levendusky  |  08:48 AM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  media, Polarization

Posted at 08:09 AM ET, 01/30/2014

Why don’t Americans trust the government? Because the other party is in power.

Party polarization is leaving Americans with little faith in a government run by the opposition.

By Marc Hetherington and Thomas Rudolph  |  08:09 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Partisanship, Polarization, public opinion, Trust

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Party polarization is making us more prejudiced

Stronger partisan loyalties make us more engaged in politics -- but also less tolerant of the opposition.

By Lilliana Mason  |  03:30 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Polarization, Prejudice, Social Identity Theory

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 01/25/2014

Americans may be divided on abortion, but it won’t matter for the midterms

Growing partisan polarization on abortion makes it less likely the issue will decide elections.

By Alan I. Abramowitz  |  02:06 PM ET, 01/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Elections, Polarization

Posted at 07:31 AM ET, 01/24/2014

The two key factors behind our polarized politics

A different policy debate and a crucial realignment have pulled us apart.

By Jeff Stonecash  |  07:31 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Issues, Polarization

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 01/23/2014

How better educated whites are driving political polarization

Polarization on abortion mostly involves whites, not blacks or Latinos.

By Andrew Gelman  |  09:50 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Polarization, public opinion

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 01/22/2014

The real extremists are American voters, not politicians

Conventional wisdom says extremist politicians are failing moderate voters. That’s exactly backwards.

By David Broockman  |  04:00 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ideology, Polarization, public opinion

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Americans aren’t polarized, just better sorted

Americans are no more extreme on political issues than they used to be.

By Morris P. Fiorina and Samuel Abrams  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Partisanship, Polarization, public opinion

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 01/20/2014

Can young voters break the cycle of polarization?

To understand what might break a politics of polarization and stalemate, we need to look to the youngest voters.

By Robert Y. Shapiro  |  04:00 PM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Millenials, Polarization, Young Voters

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 01/20/2014

How race and religion have polarized American voters

Polarization in Washington reflects long-term shifts in American society and culture.

By Alan I. Abramowitz  |  12:27 PM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Demographics, Electorate, Immigration, Polarization, Religion

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Our politics may be polarized. But that’s nothing new.

HIstorical data show that polarization is the norm in American politics.

By David W. Brady and Hahrie Han  |  07:30 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  APSA, Congress, DW-Nominate, Polarization

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 01/15/2014

How ideological activists constructed our polarized parties

Intellectuals and activists created modern liberalism and conservatism. Then the parties followed suit.

By Hans Noel  |  07:30 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, conservatives, ideology, liberals, Polarization

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 01/14/2014

How U.S. state legislatures are polarized and getting more polarized (in 2 graphs)

Polarization is not just a feature of the U.S. Congress.

By Boris Shor  |  08:34 AM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Polarization, state legislators

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Polarization we can live with. Partisan warfare is the problem.

Comparing John Cornyn to Ted Cruz illustrates what’s wrong with Congress.

By Sean Theriault  |  07:30 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Polarization

Posted at 09:15 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Want to know more about political polarization? The Monkey Cage has answers--and questions.

Want to know what social scientists think is causing today’s political polarization--or where it’s going? This new Monkey Cage series is for you.

By Daniel Hopkins  |  09:15 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Polarization, political science

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/07/2014

No, there’s no good evidence that Republicans are becoming more partisan about evolution

Despite the claims of Paul Krugman and others, a recent poll finding does not provide strong evidence of changes in partisan attitudes toward evolution

By Andrew Gelman  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Evolution, Pew Research, Polarization, Science

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/02/2013

Political values and scientific attitudes

People feel they have coherent attitudes, even though correlations are low when you consider specific survey responses.

By Andrew Gelman  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Polarization, Science and Politics

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 10/07/2013

Liberal comment trolling polarizes conservatives (but not vice versa), study says

Experiments suggest that conservatives are more sensitive to inflammatory liberal comments than the other way around.

By Henry Farrell  |  12:23 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Blogs, Polarization

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 10/03/2013

Political polarization of the American public continues to rise. Or does it?

The answer depends on an issue being debated in the polling community: how much to believe surveys conducted over the Internet.

By John Sides  |  10:17 AM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Polarization, poll, survey