Type of Thesis
Leaf Van Boven
Lewis O. Harvey Jr.
Previous research has demonstrated a “party over policy” effect, in which politicians will support a piece of legislation from their own party regardless of the policy content, even if that content runs contrary to their ideological or explicit goals. This study evaluates a similar effect: the perceived believability. In this study 179 undergraduates at the University of Colorado at Boulder were asked to rate how believable statements were from members of different political parties, varying the specificity of the content of the statement. Participants rated statements from their political outgroup as being less believable than statements from their political ingroup, particularly when the content of the statement is ambiguous, and therefore open to interpretation guided by group membership cues.
Webb, Madison, "The Effect of Partisan Cues and Message Content on the Perceived Believability of Politicians" (2019). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 1945.
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