“…people who hold more socially conservative views were significantly more likely than people with liberal beliefs to find false information about threats credible.”
“People have a general tendency to believe information about dangers more than they believe information about benefits…This is an understandable pattern given that the costs of encountering dangers will often be higher than the costs of taking unnecessary precautions.”
Previous research has shown that conservatives are more sensitive than liberals to threatening stimuli. Indeed, responses to threats are an important dimension of political orientation.
“Social conservatives see safety in the status quo, while liberals see opportunity in change,” [Thus, conservatives see danger in change.]