Paid Partisans

Friday, October 04, 2013


A recent study found that people will more accurately describe political realities--even if it contradicts their own partisan views--if they are paid for their correct answers. Brooke speaks to Gregory Huber, one of the authors of the study, about their findings.


Gregory Huber

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Brooke Gladstone

Comments [3]

Jodi Beder from Mount Rainier, MD

Regarding the study that Gregory Huber was describing, I didn't hear details of the means by which the survey was administered. If survey subjects have the option of consulting the internet etc, they are more likely to do so if something is at stake. I experience this myself in the times I take online surveys for which credit of some kind is offered.
I assume their study dealt with this explanation; something about it might be said on the air.

Oct. 07 2013 09:30 AM
JC Harris from Seattle

This is an amazing story. Like so many things, it's one of those stories that will likely get national traction next year when it's re-run on '60 Minutes'.

But here's the thing: What does one -do- about it? Brooke asked 'How do you get it into the drinking water' she missed the point. If we now know that people are not misguided, but so partisan that they will lie on surveys, it means they would rather 'win' than make choices based on evidence.

IOW: we've been assuming that the people 'on the other side' were simply misinformed in their echo chambers. Wrong. It's worse than that. They are voting based on magical thinking because they just can't stand the other side---even when they know they have the facts on their side.

SO: If that's the case; if human beings are -that- petty; how does one create better voters? If facts simply don't matter, how can one ever hope to change hearts and minds on -any- issue?

Oct. 06 2013 11:52 PM
Steve MacIntyre from Greenville, Delaware

This interview (and perhaps the study itself) skirts the 800-pound gorilla: between conservatives and liberals (or Republicans and Democrats), which group without payment is more likely to accurately answer with the actual objective facts of a matter? I'll bet it's far from an even distribution.

Oct. 06 2013 01:43 PM

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