TITLE

WASHINGTON DIARIST: House Divided

AUTHOR(S)
Rosen, Jeffrey
PUB. DATE
November 2004
SOURCE
New Republic;11/15/2004, Vol. 231 Issue 20, p38
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article examines the marriage dynamics between partners with opposing political views. In the days before the election, there has been a boomlet of stories about politically mixed marriages. According to The New York Times Sunday Styles section, "In towns big and small across the country, couples and family members on opposite sides of the political fence are struggling to maintain amicable relationships as a highly polarized political season reaches its apex." My wife and I were pleased to learn that we are part of an amusing social trend--she's a Republican and I'm a Democrat. But, thankfully, our experience throughout the presidential campaign has not vindicated the Times' thesis. We don't talk constantly about politics, but, when we do, our conversations often (although not always) have a moderating effect. This is consistent with studies of group polarization, which suggest that, when politically mixed groups deliberate, they move toward the middle, whereas, when like-minded people deliberate, they become more extreme. After listening to an intelligent person you love try to make a rational case for the other guy, it's harder to worry that the world will end if your guy loses.
ACCESSION #
15078715

 

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