The power of partisan motivated reasoning in one tweet

I mentioned Putin’s popularity among Republicans the other day, but several people have, appropriately, put in the context of Obama’s popularity.  Here’s Nyhan:

Of course, you are no more suprised than I.  But step back and think about that for a moment.  Republicans have massively more positive attitudes towards a foreign dictator who oppresses political dissent and invades neighboring sovereign nations (and plenty, plenty more bad stuff), than towards their own president.

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Professor of Political Science at NC State

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