Political Polarization

Political polarization is a pervasive phenomenon. In the United States, the preferences of liberals and conservatives find themselves so polarized that political orientation now predicts opinions about controversial social issues nearly three times as well as other important demographic variables, such as race and gender. The same phenomenon also unfolds in many other countries across the globe, and Brazil is clearly not an exception.

Thus, it is clear that polarization is on the rise and has profound ramifications in people’s attitudes and behaviors. This line of research focuses on investigating not only how political ideology shapes judgment and decision-making but also on devising strategies to attenuate polarization.