Imagined opposition

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Protesters surround a Trump supporter on S. Almaden Boulevard outside the San Jose Convention Center as Presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a rally in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, June 2, 2016. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group Archives)

Protesters surround a Trump supporter on S. Almaden Boulevard outside the San Jose Convention Center as Presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a rally in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, June 2, 2016. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group Archives)

Guests: Perry Bacon Jr.

American’s political affiliations are generally a good indicator of how people vote but more and more they define identity and how much a person hates the other party. According to a recent study, Republicans and Democrats are flat out wrong when describing members of the other party in terms of race, religion, and income level, among other factors. PERRY BACON Jr., from of FiveThirtyEight, tells us why these misconceptions matter, why people choose one party over another, and what these misconceptions say about the modern political landscape.

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