Voters are starting to act like hard-core sports fans – with dangerous repercussions for democracy

Voters are starting to act like hard-core sports fans – with dangerous repercussions for democracy

Essentially, voters increasingly see themselves in one of two camps – a “red team” and “blue team,” each with a faction of hard-core members.

The dangerous extent of this devotion was on display when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, convinced that the election had been stolen despite no credible evidence of widespread voter fraud. …

Research shows that being a fan and belonging to a group can be beneficial to someone’s well-being. But there can be a darker side to this kind of devoted fandom – particularly when a favorite team loses. …

By Michael Devlin & Natalie Brown Devlin, Texas State University

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