Cognitive Reflection and Endorsement of the “Great Replacement” Conspiracy Theory
GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Cologne, Germany
Otto-Suhr-Institute of Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Axel M. Burger
GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Mannheim, Germany
According to the “great replacement” conspiracy theory, mass immigration to Europe and the U.S. is part of a secret plot to replace the autochthonous White and Christian population with non-White and Muslim immigrants. With the aim of exploring psychological factors that play a role in believing in the “great replacement” theory, the present research focused on individual differences in reflective thinking. Using data from a cross-sectional study (N = 906), we found that cognitive reflection was negatively associated with belief in the “great replacement” conspiracy theory, even when political ideology and sociodemographic characteristics were controlled in the analysis. The findings highlight the key role of reflective thinking in countering conspiracy theories.