Katie Clayton

Department of Political Science

Elite Cues and Intraparty Conflict

While most accounts of American politics highlight intense ideological and affective polarization between the two parties, conflict within each party is on the rise. How does intraparty conflict impact partisan political attitudes? I examine this question using survey experiments on intraparty conflict over issues related to voter fraud and economic reform, among other topics. Preliminary results indicate that conflict within a party could push some less committed partisans to defect.

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