We present findings from eight nationally representative surveys conducted during the 2019 Indonesian presidential campaign, in which we measured voters’ reported belief in prominent pieces of misinformation. Younger, better-educated, and wealthier voters were more likely to believe the misinformation. These results are true for stories about both the incumbent (Joko Widodo) and the challenger (Prabowo Subianto). These findings represent a significant departure from results in Western Europe and North America, where a surge in misinformation has disproportionately targeted older and less educated voters.
Who Believed Misinformation during the 2019 Indonesian Election?
Nicholas Kuipers is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley. For comments on earlier drafts, we thank Laura Jakli and Neil O’Brian. For access to the online appendix, as well as the code and data required to replicate the analyses in this paper, see <https://nicholaskuipers.com>. Emails: <email@example.com>, <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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Saiful Mujani, Nicholas Kuipers; Who Believed Misinformation during the 2019 Indonesian Election?. Asian Survey 3 December 2020; 60 (6): 1029–1043. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2020.60.6.1029
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