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Partisan Bias in Factual Beliefs About Politics


John G. Bullock


Yale University - Department of Political Science; Yale University - Institution for Social and Policy Studies

Alan Gerber


Yale University - Department of Political Science

Seth J. Hill


University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Department of Political Science

Gregory Huber


Yale University - Department of Political Science

May 2013

NBER Working Paper No. w19080

Abstract:     
Partisanship seems to affect factual beliefs about politics. For example, Republicans are more likely than Democrats to say that the deficit rose during the Clinton administration; Democrats are more likely to say that inflation rose under Reagan. We investigate whether such patterns reflect differing beliefs among partisans or instead reflect a desire to praise one party or criticize another. We develop a model of partisan survey response and report two experiments that are based on the model. The experiments show that small payments for correct and “don't know” responses sharply diminish the gap between Democrats and Republicans in responses to “partisan” factual questions. The results suggest that the apparent differences in factual beliefs between members of different parties may be more illusory than real.

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Date posted: June 1, 2013  

Suggested Citation

Bullock, John G. and Gerber, Alan and Hill, Seth J. and Huber, Gregory, Partisan Bias in Factual Beliefs About Politics (May 2013). NBER Working Paper No. w19080. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2272939

Contact Information

John G. Bullock (Contact Author)
Yale University - Department of Political Science ( email )
Box 208269
New Haven, CT 06520-8269
United States
HOME PAGE: http://bullock.reseach.yale.edu
Yale University - Institution for Social and Policy Studies ( email )
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HOME PAGE: http://bullock.research.yale.edu
Alan Gerber
Yale University - Department of Political Science ( email )
Box 208269
New Haven, DC 06520-8269
United States
203-432-5232 (Phone)
Seth J. Hill
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Department of Political Science ( email )
9500 Gilman Drive
Code 0521
La Jolla, CA 92093-0521
United States
Gregory Huber
Yale University - Department of Political Science ( email )
Box 208269
New Haven, DC 06520-8269
United States
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