The Consequences of Political Innumeracy
George Washington University-Department of Political Science
George Washington University - Department of Political Science
APSA 2011 Annual Meeting Paper
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 29
Keywords: political knowledge, innumeracy
Date posted: August 1, 2011 ; Last revised: August 29, 2011
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