The CDC's ability to respond to communicable disease threats has recently met significant political and legal opposition. We (a) unpack the influence of political ideology on support for CDC authority, and (b) experimentally assess whether highlighting its role in responding to health threats might bolster CDC support.
Individuals acquire increasingly more of their political information from social media, and ever more of that online time is spent in interpersonal, peer-to-peer communication and conversation. Yet, many of these conversations can be either acrimoniously unpleasant or pleasantly uninformative. Why do we seek out and engage in these interactions? Who do people choose to argue with, and what brings them back to repeated exchanges?