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Tea-Party: jakobinisch und stalinistisch

Der Zürcher SVP-Nationalrat Hans Kaufmann wünscht sich auch für Europa eine Tea-Party: keine sehr demokratiekompatible Vision.

Spätestens im Januar 2014, wenn sich in den USA das finanzpolitische Gezerre wiederholen wird und die Vereinigten Staaten erneut über die Fiskalklippe zu stürzen drohen, wird sie wieder weltweit die Schlagzeilen beherrschen: die amerikanische Tea-Party, jene extremistische Gruppierung innerhalb der Republikanischen Partei, für die jeglicher Kompromiss des Teufels ist. Mindestens einen prominenten Bewunderer hat diese Bewegung auch in der Schweiz: den Zürcher SVP-Nationalrat Hans Kaufmann. Er findet, «es wäre an der Zeit, dass auch in der EU endlich eine Tea-Party-Bewegung einsetzt», und zwar wegen der wachsenden Staatsschulden. Sie sei nicht etwa «eine hirnlose Bewegung, sondern sie vertritt vor allem wirtschaftspolitische Anliegen, die der politischen Linken missfallen», schreibt Kaufmann in einem Gastkommentar von «Journal 21» (Link siehe unten). (more…)

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Obama, Romney supporters: R-E-S-P-E-C-T (just a little bit)

ANN ARBOR— It’s a common refrain during the political season—Republicans and Democrats talk past one another. They claim they live in different universes or come from different species, with little hope for extending empathy across the political aisle.

But University of Michigan researcher Yesim Orhun and her colleague Oleg Urminsky of the University of Chicago say that there exists a greater respect for one another’s views than is generally assumed. (more…)

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Your Body Doesn’t Lie: People Ignore Political Ads of Candidates They Oppose

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A recent study examined people’s bodily responses while watching presidential campaign ads – and discovered another way that people avoid political information that challenges their beliefs.

In the last days of the 2008 campaign, researchers had people watch a variety of actual ads for Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his Democratic rival Barack Obama while the viewers’ heart rates, skin conductance and activation of facial muscles were monitored. (more…)

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YouTube Campaign Videos More Positive Than Television Ads

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—YouTube campaign videos are more positive than ads aired on television, a new University of Michigan study shows.

YouTube videos are more positive because they are narrowly targeted to the highly informed, high motivated, usually supportive people who view a candidate’s online video, said Rob Salmond, the study’s author and assistant professor of political science. (more…)

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Political Leaders Play Key Role in How Worried Americans Are By Climate Change

COLUMBUS, Ohio – More than extreme weather events and the work of scientists, it is national political leaders who influence how much Americans worry about the threat of climate change, new research finds.

In a study of public opinion from 2002 to 2010, researchers found that public belief that climate change was a threat peaked in 2006-2007 when Democrats and Republicans in Congress showed the most agreement on the issue. (more…)

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Digital Media A Factor in Ferocity of Political Campaigns

*MU researcher finds negative language inspires further viciousness*

A University of Missouri study of recent political blogs indicates politics are getting nastier due to digital media, which are segmenting people into polarized interest groups. The researcher recommends a balanced approach to finding information in order to return civility to political discourse, which is at the heart of democracy.

“One side is going to lose in every political discussion,” said Ben Warner, associate professor of communication in the MU College of Arts and Science. “The danger with this open hostility found in digital media toward the other side in politics is that it undermines the legitimacy of the people that we disagree with politically. It’s important to recognize that people who disagree with you aren’t ‘evil’ or ‘trying to destroy America;’ they just have different perspectives.” (more…)

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Urban Psychology: Is Your City Led by Heart or Head?

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Is your character shaped by where you live—or vice versa?

University of Michigan psychology researchers found that some cities lead with their heart—emotional and interpersonal strengths—while others lead with their head—intellectual and self-oriented strengths.

They also found such distinctions are also related to economic and political consequences. (more…)

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