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I4R Discussion Paper Series #79


Ryan C. Briggs (University of Guelph), Michael J. Donnelly (University of Toronto), Thomas Bergeron (University of Toronto), Thomas Galipeau (University of Toronto)

A Replication of Ideological Asymmetries and the Determinants of Politically Motivated Reasoning (2022)

Guay and Johnston (2022) examine asymmetric politically motivated reasoning on the part of liberals and conservaites. In our replication of the paper we examine four potential issues with the analysis: confounding in the numeracy task, heterogeneity across ideological constraints, the use of control variables, and heterogenity in the moderator index items. None of these potential issues are in fact issues. The results are quite robust. We found only one minor issue with the codebook, which does not affect the results.