Degree Type

Creative Component

Semester of Graduation

Spring 2020


Political Science

First Major Professor

Dr. Peterson


Master of Arts (MA)


Public Administration


Affective polarization and the retention of mistaken beliefs share a common mediator. The media. Both are extremely similar in terms of confidence in their beliefs and the tipping point associated when trying to break away from these mistaken or affectively polarized beliefs. By proving the relationship between both implies a bigger actor in utilizing both as a means of building media strength and solidifying its audience. That affective polarizations effect on causing a retention of mistaken beliefs is a devastating strategy utilized by media sources. This relationship is already seen with misinformation, as people largely go back to believing their mistaken beliefs, regardless if they have been proven otherwise previously with correct information. Alongside Mason, Lilliana’s definition of Partisan-Ideological Sorting, this hints that affectively polarized beliefs should act similarly to mistaken beliefs over time, even if correct information was already heeded to previously.

Copyright Owner

Johnston, Jacob

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