Publications

Publication date: 
08/2022
Authors: 
Jonathan Green
William Hobbs
Stefan McCabe
David Lazer

Following the 2020 general election, Republican elected officials, including then-President Donald Trump, promoted conspiracy theories claiming that Joe Biden’s close victory in Georgia was fraudulent.

Publication date: 
07/2022
Authors: 
Matthew A. Baum
Alauna Safarpour
Kristin Lunz Trujillo

Kansans overwhelmingly voted, 59% to 41%, to maintain the state’s constitutional right to an abortion in a referendum held on Aug. 2, 2022.

Keywords: 
Rape Abortion Roe v Wade Public opinion Planned Parenthood v. Casey Fetal viability Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Casey ruling Dobbs v. Jackson
Publication date: 
04/2022
Authors: 
David Lazer

Millions of Americans are now eligible for a second covid-19 booster shot. By all accounts, efforts to vaccinate older people in many states have gone well — unbelievably well, in fact.

Publication date: 
12/2021
Authors: 
Kristin Lunz Trujillo

Dr. Lunz Trujillo situates COVID-19 vaccine decision-making among younger adults with previous literature on young adults’ behaviors and attitudes on different vaccines (such as the flu and HPV vaccines). In particular, she focuses on college students’ attitudes and behaviors regarding the COVID-19 vaccine based on a recent report released by the COVID States Project. Dr.

Publication date: 
12/2021
Authors: 
Christina E. Farhart
Ella Douglas-Durham
Kristin Lunz Trujillo
Joseph A. Vitriol

As the world continues to respond to the spread of a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease commonly known as COVID-19), it has become clear that one of the most effective strategies for curbing the pandemic is the COVID-19 vaccine.

Keywords: 
Vaccine hesitancyConspiracy beliefsPolitical identityAnti-intellectualismCOVID-19
Publication date: 
12/2021
Authors: 
Alauna Safarpour
SoRelle Wyckoff Gaynor
Stella M. Rouse
Michele L. Swers

In this paper, we examine whether women candidates are more likely to spur turnout in election years when gender-related issues are central to the national debate. We argue that having women on the ballot in a gendered electoral environment mobilizes specific groups of voters.

Keywords: 
Female candidates
Gendered electoral context
Midterm elections
Mobilization
Voter turnout
Young voters
Publication date: 
07/2021
Authors: 
Briony Swire Thompson
Nicholas Miklaucic
John Wihbey
David Lazer
Joseph DeGutis

The backfire effect is when a correction increases belief in the very misconception it is attempting to correct, and it is often used as a reason not to correct misinformation. The current study aimed to test whether correcting misinformation increases belief more than a no-correction control.

Keywords: 
misinformation
Reliability
Belief Updating
The backfire effect
Publication date: 
07/2021
Authors: 
Jonathan Green
Meredith Conroy
Ciera Hammond

Patterns in candidate emergence affect who voters can choose from, and thus the quality of representative democracy. Despite extensive work concerning patterns in interest in running for office and, separately, patterns in emerged candidacies, there is little empirical evidence regarding the transition from being interested in running for office to emerging as a candidate.

Publication date: 
07/2021
Authors: 
Jonathan Green
William Hobbs
Stefan McCabe
David Lazer

Following the 2020 general election, Republican elected officials, including then-President Donald Trump, promoted conspiracy theories claiming that Joe Biden's close victory in Georgia was fraudulent. Extant literature suggests multiple hypotheses regarding effects these conspiracy theories could have had on Republican turnout in the Senate runoff elections that took place the following January.

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