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By S. Craig, M. Martinez

This ebook represents a major step in bringing jointly quite a few strands of study approximately attitudinal ambivalence and public opinion. Essays by way of a unique team of political scientists and social psychologists supply a conceptual framework for realizing how ambivalence is presently understood and measured, in addition to its relevance to the mass public's ideals approximately our political associations and nationwide identification. The theoretical insights, methodological techniques, and empirical analyses will upload considerably to our wisdom in regards to the nature of ambivalence specifically, and the constitution and evolution of political attitudes in most cases.

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2 These examples are part of a 22 Albertson et al. 4 Specifically, we asked the following questions: 1. Affirmative action and minority set-aside programs ● When it comes to setting aside a certain number of government construction contracts for businesses that are owned and operated by minorities, are you for or against this? ● How do you feel about allowing state universities to have flexible admissions standards in order to promote racial diversity? Are you for or against this? 2. Women with children and welfare ● How do you feel about requiring women with children to work at a job in order to stay on welfare?

By accessibility, psychologists mean the ease with which a thought (or thoughts) comes to mind. It is our contention that the ease with which one’s ambivalence, either in whole or in part, comes to mind has implications for the expression of opinion, behavior, and the experience of uncomfortable ambivalent feelings. We begin with a consideration of the role of accessibility in ambivalence about minorities. Our analysis of an early study leads us to argue that rendering racially ambivalent people’s positive attitudes toward blacks accessible causes more positive responses toward the minority than when negative attitudes are at the forefront of consciousness.

Further, we observe an odd but rather consistent effect for the informedness coefficients: Respondents with higher levels of education, and better scores on the political information items, generally profess greater difficulty answering the questions. And those respondents who are both egalitarian and conventional authoritarians admit to greater subjective ambivalence, though the magnitude of this relationship is rather modest (especially relative to the effect of political information). 3, where the pattern of coefficients strongly indicates that response latency is a rather poor method for measuring ambivalence.

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