UCLA political science and psychology professor Efrén Pérez says one of the strongest emotions activating this year’s election is anger.
“When you trigger anger collectively among some groups of people, that’s one of the most energizing emotional states,” he says. “You’re already seen snippets of this, people waiting in rainstorms, waiting hours to cast their ballot. And it’s not lost on me that a lot of those individuals happen to be people of color. And it’s because they’re mad.”