Call it a case of less-is-more, partisan edition.
The greater awareness Republicans have of political goings-on, the more likely they are to hold to conspiratorial beliefs, reports
Chris Mooney at Mother Jones
. The counter-intuitive finding comes from researchers at New Jersey's Fairleigh Dickinson University, who've discovered
that when it comes to conspiracies ranging from 9/11 "Trutherism" to the more recent "Birtherism," Democrats are less
inclined to believe in them with increased political knowledge, whereas Republicans are more
So what gives? Mooney, a long-time science journalist with an admittedly liberal slant, weighs in:
Conservatives are known to have a higher need for cognitive closure - the desire to have a fixed belief, an unwavering sense of certainty, about politics. It makes sense that conservatives would be more likely to interpret the world in partisan, black-and-white terms, believing negative conspiracy theories about the other side and refusing to support its leaders.
Neither Democrats nor Republicans, however, can claim to be wholly without certain conspiratorial predilections: a majority in both parties - 56% and 75%, respectively - claimed to believe in at least one conspiracy theory.
And doesn't everybody?
Via Mother Jones
Posted 2pm PST.