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Voters punish politicians for misinformation that portrays them in a favourable light, but not for inaccurate information that attacks their opponents.

Cobb, Michael D. (2013) Voters punish politicians for misinformation that portrays them in a favourable light, but not for inaccurate information that attacks their opponents. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (14 Aug 2013). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

What impact does inaccurate information have on political campaigning? Outlining the results of three studies on the role of misinformation in politics, Michael D. Cobb finds that voters react to positive and negative information in very different ways. While negative misinformation, such as using false figures to attack a political opponent, tends to linger in the minds of voters even after it is retracted; there is no such effect when positive information about a politician is debunked. Indeed, voters appear to actively punish politicians in the aftermath of positive misinformation.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2013 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2017 15:37
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2019 23:18
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/72453

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