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Facts Not Values at the Root of Ideological Differences

Poster Session IX - Board: IX-016
Sunday, May 24, 2009, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Golden Gate Exhibit Hall

Zeljka Buturovic
Columbia University

Grace Ren
Zogby International

Katherine Schwalbe
Zogby International

Our survey of almost 5000 Americans shows that variability in economic intuitions can account for more than 40 percent of variance in ideology. Contrary to the prevailing view that ideological differences are rooted in values or traits, we find that ideological differences are driven by factual disagreements.

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