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Why Are Conservatives More Susceptible to Believing Lies?
« on: November 09, 2017, 12:38:14 PM »
Why Are Conservatives More Susceptible to Believing Lies?

Many conservatives have a loose relationship with facts. The right-wing denial of what most people think of as accepted reality starts with political issues: As recently as 2016, 45 percent of Republicans still believed that the Affordable Care Act included “death panels” (it doesn’t). A 2015 poll found that 54 percent of GOP primary voters believed then-President Obama to be a Muslim (…he isn’t).

Then there are the false beliefs about generally accepted science. Only 25 percent of self-proclaimed Trump voters agree that climate change is caused by human activities. Only 43 percent of Republicans overall believe that humans have evolved over time.

And then it gets really crazy. Almost 1 in 6 Trump voters, while simultaneously viewing photographs of the crowds at the 2016 inauguration of Donald Trump and at the 2012 inauguration of Barack Obama , insisted that the former were larger. Sixty-six percent of self-described “very conservative” Americans seriously believe that “Muslims are covertly implementing Sharia law in American courts.” Forty-six percent of Trump voters polled just after the 2016 election either thought that Hillary Clinton was connected to a child sex trafficking ring run out of the basement of a pizzeria in Washington, D.C., or weren’t sure if it was true.

...The answer, I think, lies in the interaction between reasoning processes and personality. It’s each person’s particular motivations and particular psychological makeup that affects how they search for information, what information they pay attention to, how they assess the accuracy and meaning of the information, what information they retain, and what conclusions they draw. But conservatives and liberals typically differ in their particular psychological makeups. And if you add up all of these particular differences, you get two groups that are systematically motivated to believe different things.

Psychologists have repeatedly reported that self-described conservatives tend to place a higher value than those to their left on deference to tradition and authority. They are more likely to value stability, conformity, and order, and have more difficulty tolerating novelty and ambiguity and uncertainty. They are more sensitive than liberals to information suggesting the possibility of danger than to information suggesting benefits. And they are more moralistic and more likely to repress unconscious drives towards unconventional sexuality.

Fairness and kindness place lower on the list of moral priorities for conservatives than for liberals. Conservatives show a stronger preference for higher status groups, are more accepting of inequality and injustice, and are less empathic (at least towards those outside their immediate family). As one Tea Party member told University of California sociologist Arlie Hochschild, “People think we are not good people if we don’t feel sorry for blacks and immigrants and Syrian refugees. But I am a good person and I don’t feel sorry for them.”

..It’s not just that Trump is “their” president, so they want to defend him. Conservatives’ greater acceptance of hierarchy and trust in authority may lead to greater faith that what the president says must be true, even when the “facts” would seem to indicate otherwise. The New York Times cataloged no less than 117 clearly false statements proclaimed publicly by Trump in the first six months of his presidency, with no evident loss in his supporters’ faith in him. In the same way, greater faith in the legitimacy of the decisions of corporate CEOs may strengthen the tendency to deny evidence that there are any potential benefits from regulation of industry.

Similarly, greater valuation of stability, greater sensitivity to the possibility of danger, and greater difficulty tolerating difference and change lead to greater anxiety about social change and so support greater credulity with respect to lurid tales of the dangers posed by immigrants. And higher levels of repression and greater adherence to tradition and traditional sources of moral judgment increase the credibility of claims that gay marriage is a threat to the “traditional” family.

Conservatives are also less introspective, less attentive to their inner feelings, and less likely to override their “gut” reactions and engage in further reflection to find a correct answer. As a result, they may be more likely to rely on error-prone cognitive shortcuts, less aware of their own unconscious biases, and less likely to respond to factual corrections to previously held beliefs.

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2017/11/why_conservatives_are_more_susceptible_to_believing_in_lies.html
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Re: Why Are Conservatives More Susceptible to Believing Lies?
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2017, 01:02:42 PM »
Very concerning, but guess it helps to explain why it's difficult to understand one another, when both sides tend to think in fundamentally different ways.

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Re: Why Are Conservatives More Susceptible to Believing Lies?
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2017, 02:22:03 PM »
I have a much simpler answer:

"Conservatives" are fascists.

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Re: Why Are Conservatives More Susceptible to Believing Lies?
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2017, 04:03:19 PM »
Some Americans are better liars :(
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Re: Why Are Conservatives More Susceptible to Believing Lies?
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2017, 04:39:10 PM »
Some Americans are better liars :(

A lot of people tolerate lies. This is a problem. If you can't hold people to the truth then you get dictatorships.

This is something people don't understand about my business. My business is about trying to hold people to the truth. It's worked surprisingly well in our nation. It's not perfect but you will never get perfect. It is relatively good though. Unfortunately justice is expensive.

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Re: Why Are Conservatives More Susceptible to Believing Lies?
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2017, 05:51:28 PM »
I think conservatives get what they choose to accept as "news" from questionable sources, and are being told by Rush Limbaugh, et al, that the real news, aka "mainstream media" is slanted and misinforming.  They choose to accept what they already believe or wish to believe, and they get that primarily from the radio talk hosts like Dennis Praeger, Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Michael Savage, et al.  They're being marketed to.  I'm not certain any of these hosts believes what they broadcast.  They're actors, performing.  They're not news sources.   The rescinding of the Fairness Doctrine has played a large part in misinforming.

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Re: Why Are Conservatives More Susceptible to Believing Lies?
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2017, 07:27:57 AM »
I think conservatives get what they choose to accept as "news" from questionable sources, and are being told by Rush Limbaugh, et al, that the real news, aka "mainstream media" is slanted and misinforming.  They choose to accept what they already believe or wish to believe, and they get that primarily from the radio talk hosts like Dennis Praeger, Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Michael Savage, et al.  They're being marketed to.  I'm not certain any of these hosts believes what they broadcast.  They're actors, performing.  They're not news sources.   The rescinding of the Fairness Doctrine has played a large part in misinforming.

It's interesting how women are stepping up and we hear a chorus from "conservatives" of "if it's true" that Roy Moore is a pedophile.

They are on a bad road.

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Re: Why Are Conservatives More Susceptible to Believing Lies?
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2017, 07:07:59 AM »
A thread full of known liars. :'( :'(
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Re: Why Are Conservatives More Susceptible to Believing Lies?
« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2017, 11:02:08 AM »
A thread full of known liars. :'( :'(

Sez the fellow who claimed to be liberal, and a black man.