F-bombs and Political Polarization

That’s why Boehner’s choice words to Reid are more than just palace intrigue, to use the phrase of the week. When that kind of denigration is widely reported to the public, it may reinforce the social identity that characterizes partisan attachments. And that may ultimately contribute to the corrosive views of the out-party that Iyengar, Sood and Lelkes document.
Call it the “go f— yourself” model of polarization.

That’s the conclusion of Danny Hayes’s latest post at Wonkblog, drawing on new research from Shanto Iyengar, Gaurav Sood and Yphtach Lelkes.

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