🕵️‍♀️how can polarization numbers be so different in the USA and Europe? And how can Europeans feel they're polarizing even if they're not?

Falsifiable Friday #5

Happy Friday! 😊

💶In many European countries, people feel and think that differences of opinion and social oppositons are increasing. Yet surveys show they’re not. How can this be?

🏈 In the United States, some scholars claim that factual polarization is at an all time high. Yet other papers point at different conclusions, such as people misperceiving the other side’s views. What’s going on here?

💔Contrary to Europe, affective polarization definitely seems to be increasing in the States. What explains that difference? And how does relate to the developments in factual polarization?

For research-packed yet fun-to-read answers to these questions, check out this week’s essay:

Maarten van Doorn's Newsletter
The Puzzle of Polarization
In my home country of the Netherlands, surveys show people are concerned about growing intolerance and polarization. 75% of the Dutch believe that differences of opinion on social issues are increasing. Other European countries show similar numbers…
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Cheers,

Maarten

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