Date of Award
Union College Only
Bachelor of Science
Florida, Regional Identities, Opposing Partisans, Politics
Previous research has shown that when priming national identities, partisans report less overall politically extreme opinions and behaviors. In my research, I assessed whether regional identities, specifically the Floridian identity, could have similar impacts of reducing affective polarization among opposing partisans and could encourage opposing partisans to talk to each other. By priming participants with their Floridian identity, I assessed whether their state identity impacted their assignment of positive and negative traits to opposing partisans, the likeliness of discussing political issues with opposing partisans, and whether the participants reported less politically extreme feelings between opposing political sides. Overall, I found that regional identities had no impact on partisans’ willingness to discuss political issues with the other side and had no impact on affective polarization.
Craig, Christina, "The Role of Regional Identities on Depolarizing Partisans" (2019). Honors Theses. 2280.