Democrats have an absurd, denunciatory idea of what Republicans believe—and vice versa. Worse, the institutions that are meant to remedy misperceptions, from universities to news outlets, may actually make them worse. Me [Short Thread.]
Study: "Americans who rarely or never follow the news are surprisingly good at estimating the views of people with whom they disagree....Those who follow the news most of the time, by contrast, are terrible at understanding their adversaries."
This is SO important from . The big problem in politics today is how we caricature our political opponents - assuming they hold more extreme views than they actually do. Your opponents probably aren’t as mad as you think!
The headline is true, and the problem of negative partisanship is real, but this article by and the study it reports do nothing to help. It misdiagnoses the issue and will only increase confusion and division. THREAD
Our points of view are more similar than most think
“The study suggests neither media nor universities likely to remedy Americans’ inability to hear each other: the best educated . . . Americans are more likely to vilify their political adversaries than their less educated, less tuned-in peers.”
"What is corroding American politics is ... negative partisanship: Although most liberals feel conflicted about the Democrats they really hate the GOP. And even though most conservatives feel conflicted about the GOP, they really hate the Democrats."
Ugh, this is such a frustrating miss-the-point article.
A new study, called “The Perception Gap,” shows Americans "have little understanding of their political adversaries—and education doesn’t help." Some food for thought we should all consider when reporting on political division via
The stubborn perception gap: A new study shows Americans have little understanding of their political adversaries — and education doesn’t help.
The Perception Gap - “What they found is fascinating: Americans’ mental image of the ‘other side’ is a caricature.”
Thanks for a beautifully written account of the #PerceptionGap. As much as I love academia, we have some work to do when it comes to understanding the beliefs of people on the other side.
The Perception Gap is important to understand; even more important we of all political views engage civilly with those with different views. It’s the only way to win people to new ideas & not descend into cul de sac “you’re evil”
The idea of hating “the other” more than liking your “own group”, #USA edition ⁦
. describes how #Democrats and #Republicans have built up "caricatures" of the opposite party, adding to the atmosphere of #polarization, according to a recent study by . #perceptiongap
Dehumanizing others doesn't work. Incredible research, . Would add that the news-following crew misconceptions exist mainly because most of the "news" today is consumed on curated-for-reaction FB/TWTR feeds ().
. on new research from showing that neither Republicans nor Democrats understand the other side’s political views, and that education does not help
Importance of not caricaturing your political adversaries. And worryingly, education and the media - the institutions that should help us become better informed - may instead be deepening our mutual incomprehension.
We start out every Red-Blue workshop with an exercise designed to dispel stereotypes, so participants can transcend the caricatures they have in their heads about each other.
"the best educated & most politically interested Americans are more likely to vilify their political adversaries than their less educated, less tuned-in peers... among Democrats, education seems to make the problem much worse." on perceptions
Liberals and conservatives tend to assume the other side to have more extreme views than they actually hold, with partisanship, media and social media use enhancing the perception gap.
This Yascha Mounk piece how Dems & Republicans both misunderstand each other elides one giant difference: Democrats believe Republicans have the views of the politicians Republicans voted into office, which seems relatively reasonable; but not vice versa.
New data suggests Democrats/Republicans who closely follow the news think "extreme views" are ~30% more common than they really are in the opposite party, compared to ~10% for people who skip the news. "Americans are less divided than most of us think."
Imagine a problem aggravated by information and education. Here's one: the problem of political polarization in the US today. This study challenges my optimism about the power of education.
Both Democrats and Republicans deeply misunderstand what their ideological adversaries believe. And greater exposure to media and university education just makes things worse.
"Researchers asked Democrats to guess how Republicans would answer a range of political questions—and vice versa," explains . "What they found is fascinating: Americans’ mental image of the 'other side' is a caricature."
A new study called “The Perception Gap” found that Americans’ mental image of the “other side” is a caricature.
Republicans Don’t Understand Democrats—And Democrats Don’t Understand Republicans
What an interesting piece
Democrats and Republicans are fighting parodies of each other...
"Researchers asked Democrats to guess how Republicans would answer a range of political questions—and vice versa," explains . "What they found is fascinating: Americans’ mental image of the 'other side' is a caricature."