Prof. Djupe explores politics of intolerant voters

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Paul Djupe, an associate professor of political science, researches the intersection between religion and politics. His latest work indicates that intolerant people support politicians across the spectrum.

In an article on fivethirtyeight.com, Djupe and his coauthors Andrew R. Lewis and Jacob Neiheisel ’07, explore the levels of intolerance toward minority groups and the levels of support those persons give to Republican and Democratic nominees.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, in general, the most intolerant voters are supporters of Donald Trump —but Trump isn’t the only political magnet for polarized views.

The article notes:

“The nearly unequivocal story is that Trump supporters are no different from others, including Clinton and Sanders supporters.2 The one clear exception is supporters of John Kasich (~7 percent of the sample), who are demonstrably more tolerant than Trump’s. Kasich’s supporters are distinctive because 30 percent of them in this poll are self-identified Democrats, but also because the majority of them (54 percent) will not vote for Trump if he is the nominee – just over a quarter will peel off and vote for Clinton and the other quarter claim they will not vote. Kasich support appears effectively to be a protest against Trump by people who wish a restoration of good democratic order.”

Posted Date 
Friday, April 22, 2016

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