Does expressing a position help state legislators build support even if their positions are controversial or opposite to the public?
8 Democratic state legislators from a Midwestern state agreed to participate in the experiment. Constituents took surveys before getting letters from the legislators. In the first round one legislator sent some constituents letters taking an opposite stance on an issue while other constituents did not receive a letter. In the second round seven legislators did the same thing except some of the letters had an extensive explanation while others had a brief explanation. Recipients were also surveyed after they received the letters.
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