Priming Partisan Identities and Support for Political Violence

Suhan Kacholia, Fabian Guy Neuner

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Abstract

Individuals in the United States appear increasingly willing to support and justify political violence. This paper therefore examines whether making partisan identities salient increases support for political violence. We embed priming manipulations in a sample of roughly 850 U.S. adults to investigate whether activating positive partisan identity, negative partisan identity, instrumental partisan identity, and American national identity might lead to differences in reported support for political violence. While we uncover no effects of priming various identities on support for political violence, we replicate and extend previous research on its correlates. Specifically, we demonstrate how various measures of partisan identity strength as well as negative personality traits are correlated with acceptance of political violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number835032
JournalFrontiers in Political Science
Volume4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 19 2022

Keywords

  • affective polarization
  • negativity
  • partisan identity
  • political violence
  • priming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Public Administration
  • Safety Research

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