Public Opinion

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  1. People who hold strong opinions on complex social issues are likely to examine relevant empirical evidence in a biased manner. They are apt to accept "con-firming" evidence at face value while subjecting "discontinuing" evidence to critical…
  2. Althoughitiswellestablishedthatself-administeredques- tionnaires tend to yield fewer reports in the socially desirable direction than do interviewer-administered questionnaires, less is known about whether different modes of self-administration vary…
  3. Recent commentary points to clear increases in ideological polarization between the major American political parties.We review the theoretical and empirical literature on party polarization and partisan change.We begin by comparing the current…
  4. This review concerns political preferences—what they are and where they come from. We begin by documenting the close relationship between processes of preference formation and change. Rather than suddenly appearing, most preferences emerge from…
  5. In this article, we attempt to distinguish between the properties of moderator and mediator variables at a number of levels. First, we seek to make theorists and researchers aware of the importance of not using the terms moderator and mediator…