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One Nation, Two Realities: Dueling Facts in American Democracy

Morgan Marietta and David C. Barker


Is climate change real? Does racism still determine who gets ahead? Is sexuality innate? Do immigration and free trade help or hurt the economy? Does gun control reduce violence? Are false convictions common? On these and many other basic questions of fact, Americans are deeply divided. How did this happen? What does it mean? And is there anything we can do about it? Drawing upon several years of original survey data and experiments, Marietta and Barker reach a number of enlightening and provocative conclusions. Among them is that dueling fact perceptions are not so much a result of hyper-part ... More

Keywords: dueling fact, misinformation, misperception, partisan fact, disputed fact, fact-checking, political knowledge, populism, motivated reasoning, polarization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190677176
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190677176.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Morgan Marietta, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Lowell

David C. Barker, author
Professor of Government (American Politics) and Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, American University