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How does political literacy relates to political attutudes among Israeli students?

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This study explores the relationship between political literacy and political attitudes among Israeli university students. 186 students completed a questionnaire that measured their political literacy (they answered questions e.g., "who is the current Minister of Education?") and a questionnaire that measured their political attitude which is association with right or left. Results have indicated that greater political literacy was associated with greater political polarization. As the score on the neutral political literacy test increased participants showed more extreme attitudes and higher political engagement either to the right or to the left.
We argue that the confirmation bias and the asymmetry within the information search underlie this effect. The information people read on political issues is not random, but chosen by a-priori political views. Respondents predisposed by their background, family, religion, values, origin and residence to the right/left political wing become more rightist/leftish as they read more rightist/leftish articles. People tend to dismiss political information that critics their views, but take seriously political articles that support their prior beliefs. The more political information people read, the higher political literacy they show on the neutral political knowledge test and the more confident and extreme they become in their prior beliefs. Implications to political decision making are discussed.

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political attitudes, information search, confirmation bias, political knowledge, political literacy
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Borovoi, Leah. "How does political literacy relates to political attutudes among Israeli students?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISPP 36th Annual Scientific Meeting, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC–Herzliya, Herzliya, Israel, Jul 04, 2013 <Not Available>. 2014-12-11 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p658351_index.html>

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Borovoi, L. , 2013-07-04 "How does political literacy relates to political attutudes among Israeli students?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISPP 36th Annual Scientific Meeting, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC–Herzliya, Herzliya, Israel <Not Available>. 2014-12-11 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p658351_index.html

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Abstract: This study explores the relationship between political literacy and political attitudes among Israeli university students. 186 students completed a questionnaire that measured their political literacy (they answered questions e.g., "who is the current Minister of Education?") and a questionnaire that measured their political attitude which is association with right or left. Results have indicated that greater political literacy was associated with greater political polarization. As the score on the neutral political literacy test increased participants showed more extreme attitudes and higher political engagement either to the right or to the left.
We argue that the confirmation bias and the asymmetry within the information search underlie this effect. The information people read on political issues is not random, but chosen by a-priori political views. Respondents predisposed by their background, family, religion, values, origin and residence to the right/left political wing become more rightist/leftish as they read more rightist/leftish articles. People tend to dismiss political information that critics their views, but take seriously political articles that support their prior beliefs. The more political information people read, the higher political literacy they show on the neutral political knowledge test and the more confident and extreme they become in their prior beliefs. Implications to political decision making are discussed.


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