Corpus ID: 491573

How Large the Huddled Masses? The Causes and Consequences of Public Misperceptions about Immigrant Populations

  title={How Large the Huddled Masses? The Causes and Consequences of Public Misperceptions about Immigrant Populations},
  author={John M. Sides and J. Citrin},
The public is prone to overestimate the size of minority group populations. Does providing information about the actual size of populations affect attitudes towards those groups? We investigate innumeracy about immigrant populations. As in previous studies, we find that people tend to overestimate the size of the foreign-born population, and that these estimates are associated with an individual’s formal education and with the number of immigrants in the surrounding context. Then, in two… Expand

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