Do Attitudes About Immigration Predict Willingness to Admit Individual Immigrants? A Cross-National Test of the Person-Positivity Bias

Public Opinion Quarterly, Vol. 77(3), p. 641-665, Fall 2013

25 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2016

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Shanto Iyengar

Stanford University - Department of Communication

Simon Jackman

Stanford University - Department of Political Science

Solomon Messing

Pew Research Center - Data Labs

Nicholas A. Valentino

Independent

Toril Aalberg

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Raymond M. Duch

Nuffield College University of Oxford

Kyu S. Hahn

Seoul National University

Stuart N. Soroka

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - College of Literature, Science & the Arts

Allison Harell

Université du Québec à Montréal

Tetsuro Kobayashi

National Institute of Informatics

Date Written: September 14, 2003

Abstract

This paper demonstrates that citizens in seven advanced industrialized democracies generally oppose more open immigration policies, but stand ready to admit individual immigrants. Using an experimental design, we demonstrate the applicability of the “person-positivity bias” to immigration and investigate the effects of economic and cultural “deservingness” on evaluations of individual immigrants.

Suggested Citation

Iyengar, Shanto and Jackman, Simon and Messing, Solomon and Valentino, Nicholas A. and Aalberg, Toril and Duch, Raymond M. and Hahn, Kyu S. and Soroka, Stuart N. and Harell, Allison and Kobayashi, Tetsuro, Do Attitudes About Immigration Predict Willingness to Admit Individual Immigrants? A Cross-National Test of the Person-Positivity Bias (September 14, 2003). Public Opinion Quarterly, Vol. 77(3), p. 641-665, Fall 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2840406

Shanto Iyengar

Stanford University - Department of Communication ( email )

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United States
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Simon Jackman

Stanford University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States
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Solomon Messing

Pew Research Center - Data Labs ( email )

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Nicholas A. Valentino

Independent ( email )

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Toril Aalberg

Norwegian University of Science and Technology ( email )

Trondheim NO-7491
Norway

Raymond M. Duch (Contact Author)

Nuffield College University of Oxford ( email )

New Road
Oxford, OX1 1NF
United Kingdom

Kyu S. Hahn

Seoul National University ( email )

Kwanak-gu
Seoul, 151-742
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

Stuart N. Soroka

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - College of Literature, Science & the Arts ( email )

Ann Arbor, MI
United States

Allison Harell

Université du Québec à Montréal ( email )

PB 8888 Station DownTown
Succursale Centre Ville
Montreal, Quebec H3C3P8
Canada

Tetsuro Kobayashi

National Institute of Informatics ( email )

2-1-2
Hitotsubashi
Chiyoda, Tokyo 1018430
Japan

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