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Saturday, March 03, 2018

Hostility to the opposition party and its candidates has now reached a level where loathing motivates voters more than loyalty. ... Candidates and incumbents, [Shanto] Iyengar and [Masha] Krupenkin continue, "are less likely to be sanctioned for demonstrating incompetence, dishonesty and unethical behavior." To make their point, the authors cite Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama last December, pointing out that under partisan conditions "a candidate accused of molesting teenage children is able to attract 91 percent of the vote from his copartisans." What explains the extraordinary level of support for Moore, not only from Republican voters but also from the larger population of white Alabamians, at 68 percent, and conservatives, at 83 percent? They can't all have been happy with their candidate, but a partial answer can be found in a study published last month, "One Tribe to Bind Them All: How Our Social Group Attachments Strengthen Partisanship," by Lilliana Mason and Julie Wronski, political scientists at the University of Maryland and the University of Mississippi.




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The authors found that just as the Democratic Party is often described as a collection of identity groups, identity politics have also become a powerful force within the Republican Party. They argue, in fact, that "this effect is more powerful among Republicans than among Democrats, due to the general social homogeneity of the Republican Party," with the result that "Republicans are more susceptible to identity-based politics."


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"Not only do almost half of Republicans say Democrats are lazier than other Americans, more dishonest (45 percent), more closed-minded (52 percent) and more immoral (47 percent), most (59 percent) also say the members of their own party are more hard-working."

Same country. Different universe.

#1 | Posted by moder8 at 2018-03-01 04:37 PM | Reply

Its the same reason for the negative review bias.

That's why republicans come out to vote in droves; their message is based in fearmongering and othering.

#2 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-03-01 04:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Fear and Loathing AND Las Vegas.

#3 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-03-01 06:37 PM | Reply

Andy Rooney said, "We love to hate our Presidents".

#4 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-03-03 03:29 PM | Reply

Make Twitter your bitch.

"Do the 1% float like the money witches they are? #PurgePutinPals"

#5 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-03-04 07:23 PM | Reply

What a bunch of nonsense. The Republicans just voted a tax cut for the 1% which will result in 10 trillion dollars more debt. Do us Democrats react angrily, yes as should all Americans who give a crap about our children and grandchildren. These ridiculous studies which focus on anger without regard to the reasons for it are baloney. The Republicans have nearly bankrupted this country to give the 1% huge tax breaks, they've gutted healthcare for the same reasons, now they want to destroy SS, Medicare and Medicaid. Please, don't ever expect me to read a ridiculous study like that and take it seriously, the people who did that study should be run out of academia. Gotta wonder if there wasn't piles of right wing money financing it.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2018-03-05 08:19 AM | Reply

Danni, it's a study. Don't take it personal.

You loathe the other side and you know it. It's not "nonsense". You just defend it.

Stop feeling as though you need to justify your loathing.

#7 | Posted by eberly at 2018-03-05 08:29 AM | Reply

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