People with strong views on abortion and other controversial issues tend to exaggerate differences of opinion they have with their opponents, a new University of Florida study finds.
The research shows that the middle ground can be reached on intellectual terms but often is not because individuals view their opponents arguments as attacks upon their core values and therefore themselves, said John Chambers, a UF psychology professor.
"Members of partisan social groups often view their adversaries with suspicion, distrust and outright animosity," said Chambers, whose study appears in the January 2006 issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science (previously the American Psychological Society). "It is not unusual to hear loyal members of the Republican Party complain about Democrats attack on traditional family values and the free market, and to hear loyal Democrats chastise Republicans for their war on the poor or their siege on the environment."
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