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Perceived agreement between the respondent and his or her discussant is thus the main predictor, and it is constructed by comparing vote choices of respondents and their discussants in the pre-electoral wave.
This suggests that people who are more involved in political issues tend to be embedded in more stable networks and do not change their discussants.
This is consistent with the argument made earlier that people who are exposed to members of noncohesive social groups tend to dismiss these discussants more easily regardless of their political attitudes.
The likelihood of retaining in a later wave relatives with whom one disagrees and nonrelative discussants (both agreeable and disagreeable) is not significantly different from the others.
In other words, people are more likely to retain discussants with whom they agree and who are relatives, and they tend to discard discussants with whom they disagree regardless of the relationship they share.
In other words, people tend to maintain discussants who share the same political view and only if they are relatives.
The dummy variable Agreement in the Discussion Dyad is based on the self-reports of main respondents and discussants.
The fourth and fifth sets of variables cover factors related to the strength of political preferences held by main respondents and discussants.
In contrast, for discussants, only partisan extremity has a discernible effect: Vote preferences of discussants who are extremely partisan are more readily perceived by the main respondents.
During the primary season, we asked respondents whether they thought discussants would vote for a Democrat, a Republican, or an independent.
In terms of partisan preferences, the results of the second model show that the extremity of candidate evaluations--for both discussants and main respondents--appears to enhance judgmental confidence.
022 X 35), but this is partially offset by the effect of the primary season, when respondents are only asked whether their discussants will support the Democrat, the Republican, or some other candidate.