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Appendix A: The Ideological Consistency Scale

1:00 section, here’s the Pew Research Appendix A: The Ideological Consistency Scale that we looked at in class:

For context: referenced in A Wider Ideological Gap Between More and Less Educated Adults (Pew, April 26, 2016):

Throughout this report we utilize a scale composed of 10 questions asked on Pew Research Center surveys going back to 1994 to gauge the extent to which people offer mostly liberal or mostly conservative views across a range of political value dimensions. In short, while there is no ex-ante reason for people’s views on diverse issues such as the social safety net, homosexuality and military strength to correlate, these views have a traditional “left/right” association, and the scale measures this growing correlation over time.