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School of Politics and International Relations

Populist party supporters: Informed, uninformed or misinformed?


Supporters of populist parties are often portrayed as politically naïve or misinformed, but to what extent does this image reflect reality? Drawing on a new study, Dr Stijn van Kessel and Dr Javier Sajuria from Queen Mary University of London, alongside Dr Steven M. Van Hauwaert, present evidence that populist party supporters are not less informed than supporters of other parties. However, supporters of right-wing populist parties had a greater tendency to give incorrect answers to political knowledge questions, suggesting there are key differences between the characteristics of left-wing and right-wing populist voters.

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