Substance Over Loyalty: Why Americans Prefer Members of Their Own Political Party

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August 16, 2023

In a paper published online last month by The American Journal of Political Science, Gregory Huber, director of the Center for the Study of American Politics and chair of the Department of Political Science, and his colleagues show that partisans prefer people who agree with them on the substance of a policy even if that policy deviates from the party’s official or more widely held position. The authors estimate that policy agreement has at least twice as great an effect on people’s evaluations of others than party loyalty. Read the full story by Rick Harrision at the link below.

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