Divisions in Social Group Attitudes in the Age of Trump

From the 2016 American Presidential campaign until the present, public discourse frames Americans as divided in part according to the people they dislike. Among other characterizations, Democrats are frequently depicted as intolerant towards Republicans, Evangelicals and southern and rural dwellers, while Republicans are portrayed as prejudiced towards racial and sexual minorities, Muslims, and immigrants.

This study (with Ramina Sotoudeh) draws on national survey data to explore the extent to which this divide actually reflects the attitudes of ordinary Americans. Using computational methods, we map the configurations of Americans’ attitudes towards an unprecedented number of social groups in American society. Check out the abstract for our draft paper.