Left-wingers are just as likely to fall for fake news as those on the Right due to their ‘exaggerated feelings of moral superiority’
- A Nottingham Trent University study found Right-wingers follow their intuition
- Those on Left and Right are as likely to believe stories which reflect their views
- Study to be presented at the British Psychological Society annual conference
Left-wingers are just as likely to fall for fake news as anyone else, research shows.
Their ‘exaggerated feelings of moral superiority’ means they want to believe stories that echo their views.
Right-wingers follow their intuition to judge news stories, a Nottingham Trent University study found.
The controversial claim by Vote Leave during their EU referendum campaign in 2016
It asked 722 people in the US to rank how much they believed a negative or positive fake story about Donald Trump or Barack Obama.
They were equally likely to believe stories that reflected their views whether they were on the Left or Right.
But ‘collective narcissism’ – belief the world would be better if everyone shared your views – swayed those on the Left more than those on the Right.
In the UK, Remainers and Leavers were equally likely to believe true news stories which reflected how they voted.
In the study, 722 people in the US were asked to rank how much they believed a negative or positive fake story about Donald Trump (pictured) or Barack Obama
Psychologist Dr Craig Harper said: ‘Liberals believe news stories to maintain a favourable feeling about their own group.
‘But conservatives believe news stories because of a tendency to use their gut instincts.’
The study will be presented at the British Psychological Society annual conference, which begins today in Nottingham.
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