Political Behavior

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 343–363 | Cite as

Commitment to political tolerance: Situational and activity-based differences

  • Virginia Chanley


Survey research on political tolerance has consistently found situational and activity-based differences in levels of support for the rights of political opposition. The present inquiry is based on three studies that explore these differences. These studies reveal two distinct factors related to situational and activity-based variation in tolerance. First, attitudinal tolerance tends to be less when the activity in question may affect a respondent's loved ones or home community, particularly in situations where there is relatively little consensus on whether an activity should be allowed. Second, attitudinal tolerance is less in situations where greater threat is associated with the consequences of the activity in question.


Survey Research Great Threat Distinct Factor Political Psychology Political Opposition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Virginia Chanley
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  1. 1.Political Science DepartmentUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolis

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