Contact Reduces Immigration-Related Fears for Leftist but Not for Rightist Voters

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Authors Jonathan Homola, Margit Tavits
Journal/Conference Name COMPARATIVE POLITICAL STUDIES
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Paper Abstract How does contact with nonnatives affect immigration-related fears? While there is strong general support for the argument that intergroup contact decreases intergroup prejudice and fear, previous research arrives at mixed conclusions when applying this argument to the study of natives’ attitudes toward immigrants. We propose that people’s preexisting partisan affinities condition the effect of contact, which may explain the mixed findings. Building on the literature on motivated reasoning, we argue that contact reduces immigration-related threats among leftist voters, but have a threat-increasing or no effect among rightist voters. We find support for our argument using original surveys conducted in two very different contexts: the United States and Germany.
Date of publication 2018
Code Programming Language R
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