Brief 31: How to Handle Rumors

  • Rumor-only: a presentation of quotes that warned about the death panels,
  • Rumor + Non-partisan correction (NPC): adds a rebuttal with facts from the American Medical Association (AMA) and American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
  • Rumor + Republican correction: NPC + a quote from Republican Senator John Isakson that debunks the rumor
  • Rumor + Democratic correction: NPC + a quote from Democratic Representative Earl Blumenauer that debunks the rumor
  • Rumor-only (same as Study 1)
  • Correction-only: no rumor information, but provides actual information from the ACA.
  • Rumor + Republican correction (same as Study 1)
 ControlRumor OnlyRumor + Non-partisan CorrectionRumor + Republican CorrectionRumor + Democratic Correction
Reject Rumor57%46%60%69%60%
Accept Rumor1217141517
Not Sure3136261624
Total100%100%100%100%100%
Attentive Sample: N=876 Statistically significant pairwise differences at 95% confidence: Control vs. Rumor + Republican; Rumor Only  vs. Rumor + Republican; Rumor Only vs. Rumor + Democratic
 ControlRumor OnlyRumor + Non-partisan CorrectionRumor + Republican CorrectionRumor + Democratic Correction
Support ACA51%42%46%48%37%
Oppose ACA4958545263
Total100%100%100%100%100%
Attentive Sample: N=876 Statistically significant pairwise differences at 95% confidence: Rumor Only  vs. Rumor + Republican; Rumor + Republican vs. Rumor + Democratic
 Rumor OnlyRumor + Correction
 Irrelevant RecallLong RecallIrrelevant RecallLong Recall
Reject Rumor54%42%62%58%
Accept Rumor26321821
Not Sure20261921
Total100%100%100%100%
Rumor Only: N=350; Rumor + Correction: N=342