Here is a brief
review of some representative findings of
the research cited in our publication (see the
link to Our Publication),
Partisan people consider most stated beliefs to
be in their latitude of rejection. They accept
very few, reject most.
Partisan people consider very few statements to
be neutral or noncommittal. They do not see
statements as neutral..
biased hearing results in a failure to perceive,
understand and accept voices of moderation.
Partisan people consider statements on their
side of the issue to be “true” “fair” and
“unbiased” while they see statements
that they reject as being “untrue,” “unfair” and
Partisan people use few judgment categories:
They show simple, two-category thinking.
Partisan people make quicker, more rapid
judgments; they do not engage in careful
Partisan people think that the media are biased
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graph please click on the graph.
The data above were obtained from
a heated campaign in a border state’s voter
referendum to ban the sale of alcohol, beer, and
wine. An opinion survey asked strongly committed
pro, strongly committed anti, and moderate
voters to indicate their feelings (their
latitudes) about a set of statements covering
the full range of opinions. The results show the
The strongly pro and anti
judgments were similar and were combined to
compare against the moderates.
The latitudes of acceptance were
similar for all; everyone accepts nearly the
same number statements from their own regions of
Partisan voters have a much
greater latitude of rejection than the
voters have a much smaller latitude of noncommitment; they do not feel neutral about
most opinions on the issue.