Motivated Skepticism in the Evaluation of Political Beliefs

  title={Motivated Skepticism in the Evaluation of Political Beliefs},
  author={Charles Taber and Milton Lodge},
  journal={American Journal of Political Science},
We propose a model of motivated skepticism that helps explain when and why citizens are biased-information processors. Two experimental studies explore how citizens evaluate arguments about affirmative action and gun control, finding strong evidence of a prior attitude effect such that attitudinally congruent arguments are evaluated as stronger than attitudinally incongruent arguments. When reading pro and con arguments, participants (Ps) counterargue the contrary arguments and uncritically… Expand

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