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In a new article for the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Shannon McGregor and her co-authors Magdalena Saldaña and Tom Johnson explore the relationships among political identity, education, and the prevalence of false beliefs about topics that have become politically polarized.

“We demonstrate that the effect of one’s political identity on attitudes or false beliefs is contingent upon education, which appears to widen the belief gap in consort with political identity. This is in line with studies that have discovered the most educated liberals and conservatives hold the strongest political identities and therefore more strongly advocate their party’s stance on politicized issues such as climate change.”

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