Updated version of Figure 3 in Abramowitz, A.I., & Webster, S. (2016). The rise of negative partisanship and the nationalization of U.S. elections in the 21st century. Electoral Studies. http://bit.ly/2qbH8jR
Question wording: I’ll read the name of a person and I’d like you to rate that person using something we call the feeling thermometer. Ratings between 50 degrees and 100 degrees mean that you feel favorable and warm toward the
(or put another way, few Members of Congress represent districts won by the other party’s presidential candidate)
Knowing whether someone is a Democrat or a Republican is far more predictive of whether they support government spending on healthcare than knowing if they would personally benefit…
The more people are paying attention to the news, the more they’re lining up behind their party’s elites. Support for the airstrikes increases with attention among both Democrats and Republicans. Opinions on whether Trump should have gotten authorization from Congress
Those high in factual political knowledge were more likely to vote for the candidate that matched their issue positions (e.g., 78% of low-information voters who opposed Obamacare voted for Trump, compared to 89% of high-information voters who opposed Obamacare). Smallest
What people know about politics matters… more politically-informed people were more likely to vote, to be “very” interested in the campaign, and to “always” pay attention to politics than less politically-informed people.