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Enchanted AmericaHow Intuition and Reason Divide Our Politics$
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J. Eric Oliver and Thomas J. Wood

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226578477

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226578644.001.0001

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If There’s No Monster in the Closet, Then Why Am I Afraid?

If There’s No Monster in the Closet, Then Why Am I Afraid?

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(p.15) Chapter One If There’s No Monster in the Closet, Then Why Am I Afraid?
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Enchanted America
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J. Eric Oliver

Thomas J. Wood

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226578644.003.0002

Chapter One focuses on the evidence voters rely on, if any, and how intuition plays into their decisions. This chapter also examines anthropological and psychological studies that delve into our “magical thinking,” beliefs that directly contradict scientific and empirical evidence, and how this way of thinking often influences voter opinion.

Keywords:   Voter anxiety, Empirical evidence vs. intuition, Voter beliefs

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