Rumors and Health Care Reform : Experiments in Political Misinformation

  title={Rumors and Health Care Reform : Experiments in Political Misinformation},
  author={Adam J. Berinsky},
This article explores belief in political rumors surrounding the health care reforms enacted by Congress in 2010. Refuting rumors with statements from unlikely sources can, under certain circumstances, increase the willingness of citizens to reject rumors regardless of their own political predilections. Such source credibility effects, while well known in the political persuasion literature, have not been applied to the study of rumor. Though source credibility appears to be an effective tool… CONTINUE READING

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