A new study shows that if you read any of the Harry Potter books, you are more likely to hate Donald Trump.
According to a new study to be published in a special 2016 election issue of PS: Political Science and Politics
finds that reading Harry Potter books leads Americans to take a lower opinion of Donald Trump. In fact, the more books the participants read, the greater the effect. "Even when controlling for party identification, gender, education level, age, evangelical self-identification, and social dominance orientation — all factors known to predict Americans’ attitudes toward Donald Trump — the Harry Potter effect remained."
The study, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Donald?
,” was written by Professor Diana Mutz
, the Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Political Science and Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania.
This is not the first time this has happened, Uncle Tom's Cabin
was known for shifting people's opinion of slavery but, it's interesting that a fictional novel has the power to impact political elections. But, it should not really come as a surprise as 450 million copies were sold worldwide.
“Because Trump’s political views are widely viewed as opposed to the values espoused in the Harry Potter series,” Mutz writes in the study, “exposure to the Potter series may play an influential role in influencing how Americans respond to Donald Trump.”
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