Who You Trust is Who You Are

In Ryan Carlin’s and Gregory Love’s 2006 article, “Political Competition Partisanship and Interpersonal trust in Electoral Democracies” revolves around two mains ideas, Political Competition and Trust. They explain the concept of how the trust of parties influences the the political landscape and also the varying levels of trusts between partisans based of different factors.

One recurring theme that a few other people have caught on to was the fact that people trusted other people who had similar political views to themselves, compared to someone who came from a different ethnicity. Similarly, like salimsalimoff7648’s who mentions his/her surprise in this particular discovery. I was intrigued by this discovery and thought to myself why I felt that way towards it. Which led me to consider the effects of racism into the equation. If you take a look into history, racism has always existed in the growth of the United States. Even to this day, cases of different racist experiences toward certain ethnic groups are still happening. The reason I bring this up is because the the idea of racism is that one group of people thinks that they are superior to the other people. Since, racism has been around for such a long time and still happens today. At least, in my case I believe that if there is a respect gap between different groups(races) of peoples, it would be strange to trust them more, over someone who is the same ethnicity as oneself.

This point discovered in the articles makes sense after some thinking, simply looking back at a common phrase that is quite well known “your friends define who you are”. One would naturally gravitate toward others who share the same values or interests as oneself. It is also almost a given that once a friendship is established, some level of trust must have developed. Using this example as a reference, ones’ political views essentially describes what are values and priorities are in life. Therefore, one would likely develop friendships with those who also believes in the values and have similar priorities. Micah Eaton also mentions that, ” race is linked to trust insofar as we feel that we share a worldview with those of our own race, but in a fragmented society where political affiliation is often a quicker and clearer way to discern someone’s stances on many of life’s major questions, it does not surprise me that race becomes secondary “. Micah does a good job expressing why race is not as important compared to political views when in it comes to trust between partisans.

Understanding why people feel certain ways about certain things can help leaders to improve their marketing campaigns, to lead to higher chances of being voted and also creating a more unified community.

1 Comment

  1. I really enjoy your reading response. Your article reminds me of an interesting theory in psychology. People tend to like things that are similar to them, and because they are similar, they think they are better than other things. In addition, the culture of different countries also influences people’s sense of national identity in different regions. Of course, first of all, everyone will agree with their own culture. The difference is that Asian countries will show a more humble view, while European and American countries are more likely to agree with their own country than other countries.


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