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If you think GM food & vaccine risk perceptions have any connection to the "climate change risk perception" family, think again

Still another riff on the "GM food risks aren't polarizing" & "there's no cultural conflict over vaccine risks!" themes.

We all know that risk perceptions come in interesting -- indeed, downright mysterious-- packages.  But sometimes we get confused about what exactly is in them.


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Reader Comments (2)

I am interested in your use of fear of gun ownership attitudes as a control. What do you think of the Pew Research indicating that 56% of Americans think gun murder and gun crime is up and an additional 28% thinking it is "about the same" When in fact it is half levels of 20 years ago. Meaning all but a few Americans are approaching the gun rights/control.crime debate with profoundly elevated fears?

It would also be interesting if the question of fear of gun ownership were lead with the actual data; and also two parted for the obvious difference in lawful and unlawful ownership.

EG, question for subjects like:
Given that gun crime and murder is today half of what it was in 1993, do you fear:
1) lawful gun ownership
2) criminal gun ownership
3) all gun ownership

March 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert


great questions! We collected a lot of data on gun risk perceptions in a study in -- oh, 2004?-- but it would be fun to update & extend (in fact, we didn't do as much w/ that data as we coud have). Obviously, too, our Motivated Numeracy study bears very directly on the impact of identity-protective reasoning on filtering of information on the relationship between guns & gun violence.

Do you have hypotheses about how perceptions of fact/risk like these vary across cultural or similar groups?

you might well be able to test some conjectures of that sort w/ the Pew data, if they have released them (usually they do after some reasonable period of time).

March 28, 2014 | Registered CommenterDan Kahan

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