We are all somewhat impervious to new information, preferring the beliefs in which we are already invested. We often ignore new contradictory information, actively argue against it or discount its source, all in an effort to maintain existing evaluations. Reasoning away contradictions this way is psychologically easier than revising our feelings. In this sense, our emotions color how we perceive “facts.”
The simple reality is people feel before they think. And when those feelings are strong enough, facts take a back seat.
David P. Redlawsk, professor of political science and director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University.
On “motivated reasoning.”
Save your breath.
P.S. “Motivated Reasoning” would be a great name for a political blog.