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Defeat Proposed Public Policy? Label Supporters

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 09:31:48 -0500
Archived: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 09:31:48 -0500
Subject: Defeat Proposed Public Policy? Label Supporters

Source: PhysOrg.Com


November 29, 2011

Want To Defeat A Proposed Public Policy? Just Label Supporters
As 'Extreme'
by Jeff Grabmeier

New research shows how support for a generally liked policy can
be significantly lowered, simply by associating it with a group
seen as "radical" or "extreme".

In one experiment, researchers found that people expressed
higher levels of support for a gender equality policy when the
supporters were not specified than when the exact same policy
was attributed to "radical feminist" supporters.

These findings show why attacking political opponents as
"extremists" is so popular =96 and so effective, said Thomas
Nelson, co-author of the study and associate professor of
political science at Ohio State University.

"The beauty of using this 'extremism' tactic is that you don't
have to attack a popular value that you know most people
support," Nelson said.

"You just have to say that, in this particular case, the
supporters are going too far or are too extreme."

Nelson conducted the study with Joseph Lyons and Gregory
Gwiasda, both former graduate students at Ohio State. The
findings were published in a recent issue of the journal
Political Psychology.

For the study, the researchers did several related

[More at site... thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead]


Possible Relevance Of Article
'The Norm'

"Government officials could use the political-psychological
strategy of labeling certain advocates of UFO disclosure as

Example: They might state that "another petition has been
submitted by the UFO organization called PRG whose director is
the extremist political lobbyist --Stephen G. Bassett"

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