Articles by Michael Tesler

Race has recently taken center stage in the presidential campaign.  From Joe Biden’s suggestion that a Romney-Ryan presidency would re-enslave African-Americans, to some liberal commentators’ contentions that the Romney campaign is using racial code words like “welfare” and “anger” to mobilize anti-black sentiments against President Obama, charges and counter-charges of ...
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As discussed in a previous post, several recent studies show that political evaluations are increasingly polarized by racial attitudes after becoming associated with Barack Obama.  Indeed, health care opinions, tax policy preferences, approval of Supreme Court nominees, midterm vote choices, party identification, and even impressions of Portuguese Water Dogs, have ...
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John Sides recently highlighted polling conducted by Gallup and PPP, which shows a growing polarization of Romney evaluations by party identification since he became the presumptive Republican nominee for president.  These results would seem to confirm a very long line of political science research suggesting that campaigns activate predispositions like ...
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As discussed earlier on this site, a nationally representative survey of Americans conducted last week by YouGov (n=1,000) uncovered significant racial differences in respondents’ opinions about Trayvon Martin—the 17 year old African-American who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in February.  Not surprisingly, black respondents were considerably more likely ...
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Rick Santorum’s meteoric rise in the national polls following his surprise February 7th wins in Minnesota, Missouri and Missouri naturally begs the question, “Where did the Santorum surge come from?”         My analysis of a nationally representative re-interview survey conducted by YouGov last week (respondents were first interviewed in January ...
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Michael Tesler is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Brown University and co-author of Obama’s Race:The 2008 Election and the Dream of a Post-Racial America.