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Here is a brief review of some representative findings of the research cited in our publication (see the link to Our Publication),

1. Partisan people consider most stated beliefs to be in their latitude of rejection. They accept very few, reject most.

2. Partisan people consider very few statements to be neutral or noncommittal. They do not see statements as neutral..

3. Consequently, biased hearing results in a failure to perceive, understand and accept voices of moderation.

4. 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 “biased.”

5. Partisan people use few judgment categories: They show simple, two-category thinking.

6. Partisan people make quicker, more rapid judgments; they do not engage in careful deliberative thinking.

7. Partisan people think that the media are biased against them


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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 following pattern:

1.     The strongly pro and anti judgments were similar and were combined to compare against the moderates.

2.     The latitudes of acceptance were similar for all; everyone accepts nearly the same number statements from their own regions of opinions.

3.     The Partisan voters have a much greater latitude of rejection than the moderates.

4.      The Partisan voters have a much smaller latitude of noncommitment; they do not feel neutral about most opinions on the issue.  


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