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The Consequences of Political Innumeracy


Eric Lawrence


George Washington University-Department of Political Science

John Sides


George Washington University - Department of Political Science

2011

APSA 2011 Annual Meeting Paper

Abstract:     
The prevalence of political innumeracy - or ignorance of politically relevant numbers - is well-documented. However, little is known about its consequences. We report on three original survey experiments in which respondents were randomly assigned to see correct information about the racial composition of the U.S. population, median income and educational attainment, and the unemployment and poverty rates. Although estimates of these quantities were frequently far from the truth, providing correct information had little effect on attitudes toward relevant public policies.

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Keywords: political knowledge, innumeracy

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Date posted: August 1, 2011 ; Last revised: August 29, 2011

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Lawrence, Eric and Sides, John, The Consequences of Political Innumeracy (2011). APSA 2011 Annual Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1901775

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Eric Lawrence (Contact Author)
George Washington University-Department of Political Science ( email )
2115 G St. NW
Washington, DC 20052
United States
John Sides
George Washington University - Department of Political Science ( email )
Washington, DC 20052
United States
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