Responding to Interpersonal Political Disagreement

David Nicolas Hopmann*, Camilla Bjarnøe, Anke Wonneberger

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A key element of democracy is citizens exchanging viewpoints on political matters. Yet, we know little about how individuals respond to interpersonal political disagreement with peers: do they avoid it or yield, try to dominate others, or seek compromise? Based on two surveys with random assignment to different political statements, we study how individuals respond to interpersonal political disagreement on party choice and issue disagreement. The results from both surveys show that individuals are more likely to yield and dominate when the level of political disagreement is at a respectively low and high level. Citizens are more willing to seek compromise at low and moderate levels of disagreement, while avoiding is unrelated to the level of political disagreement.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Public Opinion Research
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)66–88
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


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