Attitudinal Stability on Short- and Long-term Issues: A Data-Driven Learning Guide Go to Resource


Attitudinal stability refers to consistency in a single attitude over time. For example, if a survey respondent said that he preferred lower taxes and fewer government sponsored social programs during the first interview and then said that he preferred higher taxes and more government sponsored social programs during the second interview, one could say that the respondent's attitudes on this topic are unstable. If, on the other hand, the respondent gave the same answer to the question both times, one could say that his attitudes on this topic are stable.

The goal of this exercise is to explore the differences in the stability of attitudes about long term and short term issues. Correlation coefficients, comparisons of correlations, and T-statistics will be used.

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