What Drives Conspiratorial Beliefs? The Role of Informational Cues and Predispositions

  title={What Drives Conspiratorial Beliefs? The Role of Informational Cues and Predispositions},
  author={J. Uscinski and Casey A. Klofstad and M. D. Atkinson},
  journal={Political Research Quarterly},
  pages={57 - 71}
  • J. Uscinski, Casey A. Klofstad, M. D. Atkinson
  • Published 2016
  • Political Science
  • Political Research Quarterly
  • Why do people believe in conspiracy theories? This study breaks from much previous research and attempts to explain conspiratorial beliefs with traditional theories of opinion formation. Specifically, we focus on the reception of informational cues given a set of predispositions (political and conspiratorial). We begin with observational survey data to show that there exists a unique predisposition that drives individuals to one degree or another to believe in conspiracy theories. This… CONTINUE READING
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