Marcus - (Marcus, Neuman, & MacKuen, 2000) Marcus, G.,...

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Affective intelligence and political  judgment : University of Chicago Press. Background :  Modern democracy depends on citizens making reasoned judgments about the  political world around them.   - The authors agree that most political judgments are largely habitual. - Their model of Affective Intelligence, however, suggests that voters have two alternative  modes for making political choices. o The first and most common -> casual, thoughtless reliance on habitual  dispositions. o The second is reasoned consideration.  This occurs when citizens are  emotionally engaged to do so. They further argue that political judgment is more frequently engaged  than is commonly acknowledged. And that anxiety can move people to  pay more attention to politics and to acquire new and more accurate  information about what is going on. Hypothesis :  The received wisdom is that people who are emotionally engaged are less likely to  make rational decisions.  However, the theory of Affective Intelligence argues that emotional  engagement (especially anxiety) will motivate people toward making more deeply reasoned  decisions about politics than those who remain transparent. How do they know ?   1. They examine the American public’s response to the issue of free trade and the public’s  translation of that issue into candidate assessments in the 1996 primary. 2.
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