15 Jul '17, 5am

Study: On climate change and elsewhere, politicians more conservative than citizens

Study: On climate change and elsewhere, politicians more conservative than citizens Posted on 14 July 2017 by dana1981 Academics have identified a skew in American politics, in which policies that are implemented are much more conservative than average Americans prefer. A new paper by David Broockman at Stanford University and Christopher Skovron from the University of Michigan suggests a cause for this disparity: American politicians perceive their constituents’ positions as more conservative than they are in actuality on a wide range of issues; for example, Republican politicians tend to overestimate support for their conservative health care views by a whopping 20 percentage points. As Broockman and his colleague Christopher Warshaw of MIT put it in an article for the New York Times : “Research shows that politicians are surprisingly poor at estimating public opinion in...

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