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How Getting the Facts Right Can Fuel Partisan-Motivated Reasoning

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How Getting the Facts Right Can Fuel Partisan-Motivated Reasoning. / Bisgaard, Martin.

In: American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 63, No. 4, 2019, p. 824-839.

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Bisgaard, M 2019, 'How Getting the Facts Right Can Fuel Partisan-Motivated Reasoning', American Journal of Political Science, vol. 63, no. 4, pp. 824-839. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajps.12432

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Bisgaard, Martin. / How Getting the Facts Right Can Fuel Partisan-Motivated Reasoning. In: American Journal of Political Science. 2019 ; Vol. 63, No. 4. pp. 824-839.

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abstract = "Scholars often evaluate citizens' democratic competence by focusing on their ability to get relevant facts right. In this article, I show why this approach can yield misleading conclusions about citizen competence. I argue that although citizens with strong partisan loyalties might be forced to accept the same facts, they find alternative ways to rationalize reality. One such way, I show, is through the selective attribution of credit and blame. With four randomized experiments, conducted in diverse national settings and containing closed- as well as open-ended questions, I find that as partisans correctly updated economic beliefs to reflect new facts, they conversely attributed responsibility in a highly selective fashion. Although partisans might acknowledge the same facts, they are apt in seizing on and producing attributional arguments that fit their preferred worldviews.",
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