Judd Thornton’s research and teaching interests include public opinion, political psychology, and voting behavior. In particular, he is interested in how an individual’s social and political context influences his or her political attitudes and behavior. Recent work has examined partisan ambivalence, ideological constraint, and the influence of political discussion networks.
“Political Sophistication and the Dimensionality of Elite and Mass Attitudes, 1980- 2004.” With Robert N. Lupton and William M. Myers. Forthcoming. Journal of Politics.
“The Moderating Impact of Social Networks on the Relationships among Core Values, Partisanship, and Candidate Evaluations.” With Robert N. Lupton and Shane P. Singh. Forthcoming. Political Psychology.
“Getting Lost on the way to the Party: Ambivalence, Indifference, and Defection with Evidence from Two Presidential Elections.” 2014. Social Science Quarterly 95(1): 184-201.
“The Impact of Elite Polarization on Partisan Ambivalence and Indifference.” 2013. Political Behavior 35(2):409-428.