Scientific Agreement Can Neutralize Politicization Of Facts

On the other hand, the consensus message reduced the polarization between more educated liberals and conservatives by nearly 50 percent: the gap between more educated liberals and conservatives narrowed from about 16 percentage points before exposure to the consensus message to just 8 percentage points after exposure. These results are visualized in the following figure: Powerful disinformation messages completely neutralize the consensus messaging effect. Consensus messaging on climate change reinforces perceived scientific consensus (PSC). Several recent studies have shown that the more education conservatives have, the less likely they are to accept scientific knowledge about climate change, reflecting a reasoned argument effect. This has raised concerns that attempts to increase public knowledge may reinforce political polarization in this area. . . .