Data Faked In Study About Gay People Changing Voters’ Minds

Big GayA study claiming that gay people advocating same-sex marriage can change voters’ minds has been retracted due to fraud.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.

  • WhiteRabbit3

    “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.”
    How could you be lead author and not know the results were faked? That is either amazingly inept or mendacious.

  • Martin B

    It took 5 months to figure out that this had to be a fraud? I don’t know anyone who would be eager & willing to take 20 minutes out of their day for a gay canvasser peddling poofter propaganda.

    • Seriously, its rare that anyone would anwser the door.