Chances are you indeed a flip-flopper according to recent research from political scientists Brendan Nyhan and Jason Reifler. While a healthy dose of confidence can quell our predisposition to bend the truth to our needs,we’re all inclined to disbelieve something that threatens our worldview-even a verifiable fact.Take the quiz to find out if your guilty of altering the truth to validate your biases.
1. The number of U.S. residents with jobs has not increased in the past two years. True or False
If you picked true,you’re more likely to be a conservative,with a vested interest in Obama’s failure.There has indeed been job growth with more than 4 million jobs created between 2010 and 2012.
2. After the 2007 troop surge,the number of insurgent attacks in Iraq increased. True or False
If your choice was true,you’re most likely a liberal who opposed sending troops to Iraq.Indeed 40 percent of anti-war respondents guess that attacks increased post-surge-but they are wrong.
3. Global temperatures have not risen in the last 30 years. True or False
If your choice was true,you’re likely a conservative.Forty percent of Republicans say temperatures have decreased ,despite a preponderance of data to the contrary.
Jonah Comstock-writer & Published in Psychology Today Magazine