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A predominance of self-identified Democrats is no evidence of a leftward bias

  • Benjamin E. Hilbig (a1) and Morten Moshagen (a2)

The reasoning of Duarte et al. hinges on the basic premise that a positive ratio of Democrats versus Republicans implies a political bias. However, when placed in a global and historical context, it is evident that U.S. Democrats currently represent a moderate position on the political left–right spectrum. Thus, Duarte et al. provide no evidence of a leftward bias in the scientific community.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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  • EISSN: 1469-1825
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