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Science discovers 'magic trick' that causes partisan voters to switch parties

Stephen C. Webster
Raw Story
Thu, 11 Apr 2013 18:16 CDT

Researchers in Sweden have discovered a clever way to trick partisan voters into switching parties, through the application of a simple survey and some slight of hand.

Exploiting a known defect in human psychology called "choice blindness," researchers writing for the journal PLoS One got 162 voters to fill out surveys pinpointing their views on key issues like taxes and energy, then covertly switched the survey with one created to show the exact opposite answers. Participants were then confronted on why they gave the faux responses.

What the researchers found is astonishing: A whopping 92 percent of respondents did not catch that their answers were manipulated, and only 22 percent of the switched answers were noticed by participants. During questioning after the survey, 10 percent of the subjects actually switched their preference in political party, while another 19 percent of previously partisan voters said they'd become undecided.

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More evidence accumulating that we indeed live in an


bump for understanding how media divides and conquers


This intriqued me

so I read a few other articles. I understand how they did it but, I don't understand why only one test subject noticed that their answers had been changed. Also, half of the subjects defended the wrong answers? Are people really this easily manipulated or is it a lack of firm conviction?

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