A new study published by Science journal focuses on “right-leaning misinformation as Pelosi’s Jan. 6 House select committee continues its investigation.
The study investigated how conservatives consume information and the ability to accept misinformation.
Conservatives are easier to mislead: “the deck is stacked against conservatives because there is so much more misinformation that supports conservative positions. As a result, conservatives are more often led astray.” #FactsMatter https://t.co/JjoFnpzv19
— Kittitas League (@Kittitas_LWV) June 12, 2022
“Results confirm that conservatives have lower sensitivity than liberals, performing worse at distinguishing truths and falsehoods,” the study claimed.
“This is partially explained by the fact that the most widely shared falsehoods tend to promote conservative positions, while corresponding truths typically favor liberals,” it added.
Ideology + #misinformation = bad mix.
“Conservatives’ susceptibility to political misperceptions”
“Results confirm that conservatives have lower sensitivity than liberals, performing worse at distinguishing truths and falsehoods.”#ScienceUpFirst
— Timothy Caulfield (@CaulfieldTim) June 3, 2021
The research claimed, “This study provides the most rigorous evidence to date that U.S. conservatives are uniquely susceptible to political misperceptions in the current sociopolitical environment.”
However, it is unclear regarding the comparison between liberal and conservative views and those who hold them.
Instead, the fact that Science is including a featured research article on a political issue attacking conservatives as being easier to mislead than liberals reveals a certain level of bias regarding the publication and the research.
Conservatives’ susceptibility to political misperceptions https://t.co/Q69PmD265N
This figure – pic.twitter.com/exZF9K6nTR
— Sid Angadi, PhD, FACSM (@Sid_Angadi) June 3, 2021
The claims have become important again as the nation focuses on the House select committee’s televised hearings. It’s unclear what will come of the group’s conclusions, but the focus is clearly an attack on Trump and more largely on anyone supporting him.
The concern, however, is that conservatives are not the only ones who sometimes accept misinformation. Liberals are also glad to accept views that reinforce their existing beliefs, especially when Trump is the target.