With Malice toward Some: How People Make Civil Liberties Judgments (Cambridge Studies in Public Opinion and Political Psychology)

  • Publish Date: 1995-09-29
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: George E. Marcus;John L. Sullivan;Elizabeth Theiss-Morse;Sandra L. Wood
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How do citizens faced with a complex variety of considerations decide whether or not to tolerate extremist groups? Relying on several survey-experiments, the authors identify and compare the impact on decision making of contemporary information, long-standing predispositions, and enduring values and beliefs. People react most strongly to data about a group's violations of behavioral norms and the implications for democracy of the group's actions. The authors conclude that democratic citizens should have a strong baseline of tolerance yet be attentive to and thoughtful about current information.



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