Exposed to Facts, the Misinformed Believe Lies More Strongly

By: Monday July 12, 2010 6:50 am

A truly disturbing study from researchers at my alma mater, the University of Michigan, reveals that political partisans reacted to facts that contradicted their worldview by clinging closer to their worldview. In a series of studies in 2005 and 2006, researchers at the University of Michigan found that when misinformed people, particularly political partisans, were [...]

Political Scientists: America Speaks Materials, Selection Process “Unreliable”

By: Monday June 28, 2010 7:48 am

Northwestern University Political scientists Benjamin Page and Lawrence Jacobs have written a paper arguing that the deliberative forums put together this week by America Speaks were “unreliable” measures of public opinion, and that the public has already made itself clear on these matters, opposing benefit cuts to Social Security and preferring lifting the cap on [...]