Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Economics and Finance
T. Scott Findley
Although misinformation is rampant in social media and society, there is not an extensive literature exploring the impact of misinformation and fact checks on people’s political preferences relating to immigration policies in the US. The purpose of this study is to examine the impacts of misinformation and fact-checking on people’s policy preferences about immigration. Using an experimental survey and a between-subject approach, we observe how anti-immigration politician’s statements (ranging from false to partially true) impact participants’ perceptions of hot-topic immigration issues with and without fact checks. We also study the correlation between people’s political affiliation and the impact of politicians’ misinformation and fact checks.
Van Shaar, Katherine, "Misinformation, Fact Checking, and Immigration Voting Preferences" (2022). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports. 1679.
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