Group attachment and the reduction of value-driven ambivalence

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This article analyzes the effects of value-driven ambivalence and group attachment on response variability in public attitudes toward campaign finance reform. The analysis demonstrates that group attachment, when activated by affective cues, moderates the effects of ambivalence on response variability. By tipping the balance of considerations in one direction or the other, group attachments make it easier for ambivalent respondents to make tradeoffs between competing values during policy choices and, as a result, dampen response variability. Methodologically, the results offer an important cautionary note about the use of linear ambivalence scales by calling into question the assumption that indifference is an intermediate state between preference and ambivalence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)905-928
Number of pages24
JournalPolitical Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2005


  • Ambivalence
  • Campaign finance reform
  • Response variability
  • Survey response
  • Value conflict

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science and International Relations


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