Quiz: You're the Flip-Flopper

Disagreements between Republicans and Democrats don't stop at matters of opinion, according to recent research from political scientists Brendan Nyhan and Jason Reifler. While a healthy dose of confidence can quell our predisposition to bend the truth to our needs, we're all inclined to disbelieve something that threatens our worldview—even a verifiable fact. Are you guilty of fudging the truth to bolster your biases?

Take the quiz below to find out. 

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1. The number of U.S. residents with jobs has not increased in the past two years.

True or False?

If you picked true, you're more likely to be a conservative, with a vested interest in Obama's failure. People can quibble over whether the recovery has been fast enough, but there has indeed been job growth under Obama, with more than 4 million jobs created between 2010 and 2012.

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2. After the 2007 troop surge, the number of insurgent attacks in Iraq increased.

True or False?

If you picked true, you're more likely to be a liberal. If you're a liberal who opposed sending troops to Iraq, you might want to think that the surge was a failure. Indeed, 40 percent of anti-war respondents guess that attacks increased post-surge—but they are wrong.

3. Global temperatures have not risen in the last 30 years.

True or False?

If you picked true, you're more likely to be a conservative. Forty percent of Republicans say temperatures have decreased, despite a preponderance of data to the contrary. The fact of global warming shouldn't have much to do with politics, but climate change denial has become conceptually linked to conservatives.

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