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Why Are Conservatives More Susceptible to Believing Lies?

Post by Tejanochimbo » Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:39 pm

Why Are Conservatives More Susceptible to Believing Lies?
An interplay between how all humans think and how conservatives tend to act might actually explain a lot about our current moment.

By John Ehrenreich
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Photo illustration by Natalie Matthews-Ramo. Photos by FoxNews and FoxNews.com.

Many conservatives have a loose relationship with facts. The right-wing denial of what most people think of as accepted reality starts with political issues: As recently as 2016, 45 percent of Republicans still believed that the Affordable Care Act included “death panels” (it doesn’t). A 2015 poll found that 54 percent of GOP primary voters believed then-President Obama to be a Muslim (…he isn’t).

Then there are the false beliefs about generally accepted science. Only 25 percent of self-proclaimed Trump voters agree that climate change is caused by human activities. Only 43 percent of Republicans overall believe that humans have evolved over time.

And then it gets really crazy. Almost 1 in 6 Trump voters, while simultaneously viewing photographs of the crowds at the 2016 inauguration of Donald Trump and at the 2012 inauguration of Barack Obama , insisted that the former were larger. Sixty-six percent of self-described “very conservative” Americans seriously believe that “Muslims are covertly implementing Sharia law in American courts.” Forty-six percent of Trump voters polled just after the 2016 election either thought that Hillary Clinton was connected to a child sex trafficking ring run out of the basement of a pizzeria in Washington, D.C., or weren’t sure if it was true.

If “truth” is judged on the basis of Enlightenment ideas of reason and more or less objective “evidence,” many of the substantive positions common on the right seem to border on delusional. The left is certainly not immune to credulity (most commonly about the safety of vaccines, GMO foods, and fracking), but the right seems to specialize in it. “Misinformation is currently predominantly a pathology of the right,” concluded a team of scholars from the Harvard Kennedy School and Northeastern University at a February 2017 conference. A BuzzFeed analysis found that three main hyperconservative Facebook pages were roughly twice as likely as three leading ultraliberal Facebook pages to publish fake or misleading information.

Why are conservatives so susceptible to misinformation? The right wing’s disregard for facts and reasoning is not a matter of stupidity or lack of education. College-educated Republicans are actually more likely than less-educated Republicans to have believed that Barack Obama was a Muslim and that “death panels” were part of the ACA. And for political conservatives, but not for liberals, greater knowledge of science and math is associated with a greater likelihood of dismissing what almost all scientists believe about the human causation of global warming.
The right wing’s disregard for facts and reasoning is not a matter of stupidity or lack of education.
It’s also not just misinformation gained from too many hours listening to Fox News, either, because correcting the falsehoods doesn’t change their opinions. For example, nine months following the release of President Obama’s long-form birth certificate, the percentage of Republicans who believed that he was not American-born was actually higher than before the release. Similarly, during the 2012 presidential campaign, Democrats corrected their previous overestimates of the unemployment rate after the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the actual data. Republicans’ overestimated even more than before.

Part of the problem is widespread suspicion of facts—any facts. Both mistrust of scientists and other “experts” and mistrust of the mass media that reports what scientists and experts believe have increased among conservatives (but not among liberals) since the early ’80s. The mistrust has in part, at least, been deliberately inculcated. The fossil fuel industry publicizes studies to confuse the climate change debate; Big Pharma hides unfavorable information on drug safety and efficacy; and many schools in conservative areas teach students that evolution is “just a theory.” The public is understandably confused about both the findings and methods of science. “Fake news” deliberately created for political or economic gain and Donald Trump’s claims that media sites that disagree with him are “fake news” add to the mistrust.

But, the gullibility of many on the right seems to have deeper roots even than this. That may be because at the most basic level, conservatives and liberals seem to hold different beliefs about what constitutes “truth.” Finding facts and pursuing evidence and trusting science is part of liberal ideology itself. For many conservatives, faith and intuition and trust in revealed truth appear as equally valid sources of truth.

To understand how these differences manifest and what we might do about them, it helps to understand how all humans reason ...

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slate.com/articles/health_and_science/s ... _lies.html
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Post by barrysoetoro » Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:53 pm

Really, and a liberal pos like you thinks Hamas are the good guys, the ONLY free nation in the ME is the enemy, taxing the rich is the solution to all our problems, and we should all be concerned about global warming hysteria.






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Post by I am Z » Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:29 pm

well....how about..........16 years of them from Clinton and oblama?

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Re: Why Are Conservatives More Susceptible to Believing Lies?

Post by Pete » Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:39 pm

"Ahhh did not have sexshual reelations with that thar woman Monica Lewinsky" and they lapped it up like a saucerful of cream lol
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Post by I am Z » Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:46 pm

Pete wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:39 pm
"Ahhh did not have sexshual reelations with that thar woman Monica Lewinsky" and they lapped it up like a saucerful of cream lol
lapping up cream is the operative phrase, there.


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Post by nolaxride » Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:24 am

You forgot that the Obama's are now running Netflix using it to distributing child porn... and that the government-sponsored child porn has expanded to six major rings, all headed by Podesta.
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Post by nolaxride » Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:25 am

Pete wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:39 pm
"Ahhh did not have sexshual reelations with that thar woman Monica Lewinsky" and they lapped it up like a saucerful of cream lol
Which leads to the old age debate about whether a bj is the same as doing the deed.
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Post by donttreadonme » Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:32 am

Tejanochimbo wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:39 pm
Why Are Conservatives More Susceptible to Believing Lies?
An interplay between how all humans think and how conservatives tend to act might actually explain a lot about our current moment.

By John Ehrenreich
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Photo illustration by Natalie Matthews-Ramo. Photos by FoxNews and FoxNews.com.

Many conservatives have a loose relationship with facts. The right-wing denial of what most people think of as accepted reality starts with political issues: As recently as 2016, 45 percent of Republicans still believed that the Affordable Care Act included “death panels” (it doesn’t). A 2015 poll found that 54 percent of GOP primary voters believed then-President Obama to be a Muslim (…he isn’t).

Then there are the false beliefs about generally accepted science. Only 25 percent of self-proclaimed Trump voters agree that climate change is caused by human activities. Only 43 percent of Republicans overall believe that humans have evolved over time.

And then it gets really crazy. Almost 1 in 6 Trump voters, while simultaneously viewing photographs of the crowds at the 2016 inauguration of Donald Trump and at the 2012 inauguration of Barack Obama , insisted that the former were larger. Sixty-six percent of self-described “very conservative” Americans seriously believe that “Muslims are covertly implementing Sharia law in American courts.” Forty-six percent of Trump voters polled just after the 2016 election either thought that Hillary Clinton was connected to a child sex trafficking ring run out of the basement of a pizzeria in Washington, D.C., or weren’t sure if it was true.

If “truth” is judged on the basis of Enlightenment ideas of reason and more or less objective “evidence,” many of the substantive positions common on the right seem to border on delusional. The left is certainly not immune to credulity (most commonly about the safety of vaccines, GMO foods, and fracking), but the right seems to specialize in it. “Misinformation is currently predominantly a pathology of the right,” concluded a team of scholars from the Harvard Kennedy School and Northeastern University at a February 2017 conference. A BuzzFeed analysis found that three main hyperconservative Facebook pages were roughly twice as likely as three leading ultraliberal Facebook pages to publish fake or misleading information.

Why are conservatives so susceptible to misinformation? The right wing’s disregard for facts and reasoning is not a matter of stupidity or lack of education. College-educated Republicans are actually more likely than less-educated Republicans to have believed that Barack Obama was a Muslim and that “death panels” were part of the ACA. And for political conservatives, but not for liberals, greater knowledge of science and math is associated with a greater likelihood of dismissing what almost all scientists believe about the human causation of global warming.
The right wing’s disregard for facts and reasoning is not a matter of stupidity or lack of education.
It’s also not just misinformation gained from too many hours listening to Fox News, either, because correcting the falsehoods doesn’t change their opinions. For example, nine months following the release of President Obama’s long-form birth certificate, the percentage of Republicans who believed that he was not American-born was actually higher than before the release. Similarly, during the 2012 presidential campaign, Democrats corrected their previous overestimates of the unemployment rate after the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the actual data. Republicans’ overestimated even more than before.

Part of the problem is widespread suspicion of facts—any facts. Both mistrust of scientists and other “experts” and mistrust of the mass media that reports what scientists and experts believe have increased among conservatives (but not among liberals) since the early ’80s. The mistrust has in part, at least, been deliberately inculcated. The fossil fuel industry publicizes studies to confuse the climate change debate; Big Pharma hides unfavorable information on drug safety and efficacy; and many schools in conservative areas teach students that evolution is “just a theory.” The public is understandably confused about both the findings and methods of science. “Fake news” deliberately created for political or economic gain and Donald Trump’s claims that media sites that disagree with him are “fake news” add to the mistrust.

But, the gullibility of many on the right seems to have deeper roots even than this. That may be because at the most basic level, conservatives and liberals seem to hold different beliefs about what constitutes “truth.” Finding facts and pursuing evidence and trusting science is part of liberal ideology itself. For many conservatives, faith and intuition and trust in revealed truth appear as equally valid sources of truth.

To understand how these differences manifest and what we might do about them, it helps to understand how all humans reason ...

[...]

slate.com/articles/health_and_science/s ... _lies.html
Because they're stupid?
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Post by thelionofthenorth » Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:32 am

nolaxride wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:25 am
Pete wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:39 pm
"Ahhh did not have sexshual reelations with that thar woman Monica Lewinsky" and they lapped it up like a saucerful of cream lol
Which leads to the old age debate about whether a bj is the same as doing the deed.
Well, if it’s not on the special prosecutor s list, it’s not.
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Re: Why Are Conservatives More Susceptible to Believing Lies?

Post by nolaxride » Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:54 am

barrysoetoro wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:53 pm
Really, and a liberal pos like you thinks Hamas are the good guys, the ONLY free nation in the ME is the enemy, taxing the rich is the solution to all our problems, and we should all be concerned about global warming hysteria.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rin4h4cRs6Y
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e1JnSoaMyw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCAffMSWSzY&t=84s
You are hilarious. There were never any government death panels. Those only exist in private insurance. And the proof lies in reality. We've lived with ACA for the last 4+ years and haven't seen any death panels.

And that's the rub. It's the way you are lying. Those vids are over 4 years old. The Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel article in Atlantic Magazine was published in October 2014. Where are those death panels? Palin was wrong. Still is. That's why she failed at Fox. That's why you rarely see her in public.
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