Used to influence politics?
Data Faked In Study About Gay People Changing Voters’ Minds
A study claiming that gay people advocating same-sex marriage can change voters’ minds has been retracted due to fraud.The study was published last December in Science, and received lots of media attention. It found that a 20-minute, one-on-one conversation with a gay political canvasser could steer voters in favor of same-sex marriage. Not only that, but these changed opinions lasted for at least a year and influenced other people in the voter’s household, the study found.Donald Green, the lead author on the study, retracted it on Tuesday shortly after learning that his co-author, UCLA graduate student Michael LaCour, had faked the results.“I am deeply embarrassed by this turn of events and apologize to the editors, reviewers, and readers of Science,” Green, a professor of political science at Columbia University, said in his retraction letter to the journal, as posted on theRetraction Watch blog.LaCour has not responded to requests for comment from BuzzFeed News, but tweeted this Wednesday morning: