Ambivalence and the Structure of Political Opinion by S. Craig, M. Martinez

By S. Craig, M. Martinez

This e-book represents an incredible step in bringing jointly quite a few strands of analysis approximately attitudinal ambivalence and public opinion. Essays through a distinct team of political scientists and social psychologists supply a conceptual framework for knowing how ambivalence is presently understood and measured, in addition to its relevance to the mass public's ideals approximately our political associations and nationwide id. The theoretical insights, methodological ideas, and empirical analyses will upload considerably to our wisdom in regards to the nature of ambivalence particularly, and the constitution and evolution of political attitudes more often than not.

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While readily conceding that there are other ways to operationalize what could fairly be dubbed “ambivalence,” we nevertheless wish to speculate about two possible side difficulties associated with measures based on subjective assessments (gender effects) and response latency (accessibility). 3, there is very strong evidence that there are serious problems in both instances. 2 reports the ordered probit models for subjective ambivalence, that is, how hard it was for the respondent to answer the prior questions.

MacDonald and Zanna (1998) went further by obtaining evidence that hiring decisions about a stigmatized group—feminists in this case—could be affected by rendering accessible either the positive or negative aspect of ambivalence toward that group. The authors suspected that ambivalence toward feminists would take a certain form. Specifically, they proposed that people who are ambivalent about feminists respect but, at the same time, dislike them. 2 MacDonald and Zanna (1998) also investigated the effects of making either respect or liking for feminists accessible.

It is also worth noting from the controls that men are more likely to oppose pro-minority policies, but support welfare and immigration reforms. 26 Albertson et al. One can readily understand what many would regard as the “typical” pattern of support or opposition in these related policy domains: Men, for example, tend to fit the stereotype of opposing more generous social policies and favoring more restrictive ones, while feminists are frequently in the reverse. The patterns for egalitarians and law-and-order authoritarians are more complex, yet typify someone who is both socially egalitarian and believes in the importance of social order, opposing policies that benefit outsiders like blacks, the poor, and immigrants.

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