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Title Social Pressure Bipartisanship
Post date 11/02/2018
C1 Background and Explanation of Rationale American politics is deeply polarized and political rhetoric is increasingly partisan. This experiment is focused on whether it’s possible to mitigate partisanship in American politics. In other words, whether it’s possible to persuade people to be more bipartisan.
C2 What are the hypotheses to be tested? This survey experiment will test whether scoring a person’s bipartisanship and then showing them their “bipartisanship score” will make them self-represent as more bipartisan. I theorize that people who see their “bipartisanship score” will, in fact, describe themselves as more bipartisan in a follow up survey.
C3 How will these hypotheses be tested? *

Subjects in the treatment group will (a) take a quiz that assesses their bipartisanship, (b) view their “bipartisanship score,” then (c) answer follow-up questions designed to assess their bipartisanship. Subjects in the control group will only answer the follow-up questions. The treatment quiz will include questions like “Have you ever attended a political rally?” and “Which of these news channels do you watch the most?” and then subjects will be shown their bipartisanship score.

The outcome measured will be the subjects’ self-described bipartisanship, which will be assessed in a set of follow up survey questions. The questions are “How important is bipartisanship to you?” “How do you feel about these politicians?” (George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump) “How would you feel about a Democrat working with a Republican on criminal justice reform?” and “How would you feel if your family member were a [opposite party from respondent]?

C4 Country United States
C5 Scale (# of Units) 1000 subjects
C6 Was a power analysis conducted prior to data collection? Yes
C7 Has this research received Insitutional Review Board (IRB) or ethics committee approval? Yes
C8 IRB Number 2000024393
C9 Date of IRB Approval 11/02/2018
C10 Will the intervention be implemented by the researcher or a third party? Researchers
C11 Did any of the research team receive remuneration from the implementing agency for taking part in this research? not provided by authors
C12 If relevant, is there an advance agreement with the implementation group that all results can be published? not provided by authors
C13 JEL Classification(s) not provided by authors