By this point, we’re all aware of how quickly and easily political misinformation can spread. Whether it comes from a concerned friend or a Russian bot, fake news can easily infest your social media feeds, and perhaps influence your vote.
The only way for a population to survive this plague is to be better informed. New research identifies one way to accomplish that goal: increasing union membership.
“Union members, particularly those with less formal education … are significantly more politically knowledgable than their non-union counterparts,” writes political scientist David Macdonald of Florida State University.
Specifically, he reports in the journal Political Behavior, they tend to be “better informed about where political parties and candidates stand on the issues.”