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Why Donald Trump’s election may mean we see more liberal conspiracy theories about the government

Miller, Joanne M. and Saunders, Kyle L. and Farhart, Christina E. (2016) Why Donald Trump’s election may mean we see more liberal conspiracy theories about the government. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (07 Dec 2016). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

In 2016, conspiracy theories seem to have become part of politics’ new normal. But what kinds of people are more likely to believe in certain conspiracy theories? In new research, Joanne M. Miller, Kyle L. Saunders and Christina E. Farhart find that conservatives are more likely to endorse ideologically motivated conspiracy theories – such as the idea that President Obama was not born in the US – if they have low levels of trust in government and greater political knowledge. Liberals, on the other hand, are less likely to endorse liberal conspiracy theories if they have both greater political knowledge and more trust in government.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science © CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2017 11:35
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2017 11:35
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/69326

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