Culture Wars/Current Controversies

Psychological study explains our strong feelings around immigration

Even the most casual observer of American politics realizes that the rhetoric around immigration has become uncompromising and rigid. This can be said of politics more broadly in an era of toxic polarization, where policy attitudes generally fall along partisan lines.

Yet, in a nationally representative survey we recently conducted, we found that partisanship is only part of the answer to why immigration attitudes have become rigid and moralized, making it difficult to find common ground on any immigration issue.


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