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Study finds conservatives and liberals don't mix

A protester holds an anti-Donald Trump sign outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Monday.
Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

If you count yourself as a supporter of Hillary Clinton, how many Donald Trump supporters do you know?

Or, on the flip side, if you support Trump's bid for the presidency, how many Clinton supporters do you know?

Those questions led Bill Chopik to undertake a national study that was recently published.

He and co-author Matt Motyl asked nearly 20,000 people about the political and ideological differences we're seeing in America. 

"What we found is that people who live in these discordant communities ... like a liberal person living among a bunch of conservatives, or a conservative ... living among a bunch of liberals, they report a difficulty forming close relationships, and they actually have a harder time taking other peoples' perspectives," Chopik said.

GUEST Bill Chopik is an assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University.

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