Dr. Arthur Lupia – Political endorsements can affect scientific credibility
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Given our political climate, notwithstanding political parties and politicians, we are deluged with political endorsements. When we stop to think about voting and how we decide. Today’s guest, Dr. Arthur Lupiais the Gerald R Ford Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan. His research clarifies how people make decisions and form or break coalitions in complex political environments. Dr. Lupia will help us understand the persuasive nature of endorsements, which are apparently often so persuasive and may even do more harm than good, defeating their impact and damaging credibility. Dr. Lupia will tell us today about How political endorsements influence voters’ perceptions and decision-making processes during elections, what factors contribute to the credibility of a political endorsement, and will share evidence that when a publication whose credibility comes from science decides to politicize its content, it can damage that credibility.
Let me set the stage briefly: In 2020, Nature Magazine, a highly respected science publication, not political but subject to influence, endorsed Joe Biden in the US presidential election. A subsequent survey that we’ll talk about today with Dr. Lupia found that viewing the endorsement did not change people’s views of the candidates but caused some to lose confidence in Nature and in US scientists generally.