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Same Facts, Different Interpretations: Partisan Motivation and Opinion on Iraq


Brian J. Gaines


affiliation not provided to SSRN

James H. Kuklinski


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Political Science

Paul J. Quirk


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Buddy Peyton


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Cline Center for Democracy

Jay Verkuilen


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Journal of Politics, Vol. 69, Issue 4, pp. 957-974, November 2007

Abstract:     
Scholars assume that citizens perform better when they know pertinent facts. Factual beliefs, however, become relevant for political judgments only when people interpret them. Interpretations provide opportunities for partisans to rationalize their existing opinions. Using panel studies, we examine whether and how partisans updated factual beliefs, interpretations of beliefs, and opinions about the handling of the Iraq war as real-world conditions changed. Most respondents held similar, fairly accurate beliefs about facts. But interpretations varied across partisan groups in predictable ways. In turn, interpretations, not beliefs, drove opinions. Perversely, the better informed more effectively used interpretations to buttress their existing partisan views.

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Date posted: December 11, 2007  

Suggested Citation

Gaines, Brian J. and Kuklinski, James H. and Quirk, Paul J. and Peyton, Buddy and Verkuilen, Jay, Same Facts, Different Interpretations: Partisan Motivation and Opinion on Iraq. Journal of Politics, Vol. 69, Issue 4, pp. 957-974, November 2007. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1066017 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2508.2007.00601.x

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Brian J. Gaines (Contact Author)
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James Kuklinski
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Political Science ( email )
702 S. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
United States
217-333-9589 (Phone)
Paul J. Quirk
affiliation not provided to SSRN
Buddy Peyton
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Cline Center for Democracy ( email )
Suite 207
2001 South First Street
Champaign, IL 61820
United States
Jay Verkuilen
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
601 E John St
Champaign, IL 61820
United States
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