Why extremists tend to dominate debates

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Why Extremist Views Dominate

A new study suggests a possible reason: People with extreme views seem more willing to share their opinions than others, but only if they believe, even falsely, that their views are popular.

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Extremists Assume Majority Status When Sharing Opinions

Extremists More Willing To Share Their Opinions

Those that take the extreme version of their group’s viewpoint may believe that they actually represent the true views of their group. “When people with extreme views have this false sense that they are in the majority, they are more willing to express themselves,” said Kimberly Rios Morrison, co-author of the study and assistant professor of communication at The Ohio State University (OSU).

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The key is that the extremists have to believe that more people share their views than actually do, the research found.

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