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Researcher charged with falsifying information, funds on “voters’ gay rights views article” retracted by Science Magazine

31.05.2015  |  22:46
Researcher charged with falsifying information, funds on “voters’ gay rights views article” retracted by Science Magazine

A formal retraction of a highly publicized same-sex study with falsified results has been made by Science magazine on Thursday for misrepresentation of survey incentives and funding.

One of the authors of the article, Columbia University political science professor Donald Green has requested the retraction on May 19, saying co-author Michael LaCour had been incapable of producing the raw data that was applied in the study.

The magazine decided to go ahead and retract it after its own investigation even though LaCour did not agree with the decision.

The retraction has been on the basis of misrepresentation of cash incentives for survey participants, false statements regarding financial sponsorship of the survey along with the failure to produce original data “which makes it impossible to verify or alleviate concerns about statistical irregularities.”

LaCour stated on his website “I will supply a definitive response on or before May 29, 2015. I appreciate your patience, as I gather evidence and relevant information.”

Researcher charged with falsifying information, funds on “voters’ gay rights views article” retracted by Science Magazine. 558.jpegThe article established extensive news coverage from most major outlets which included The Associated Press,

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The New York Times and the Washington Post and it detailed a study which concluded that openly gay canvassers were far more effective in comparison to straight canvassers in shifting voters’ views toward support for same-sex marriage.

The study has also claimed that opinion changes produced by the straight canvassers are predisposed to die away within a few weeks and those voters slipped back to their former, less favorable views of same-sex marriage. It stated that the changes in perspectives produced by the gay canvassers persevered even nine months later.

Green began to have doubts about the study after the integrity of the data had been questioned by two graduate students at the University of California, Berkeley, who tried to commence a similar study. Green wrote last week that, “I am deeply embarrassed by this turn of events and apologize to the editors, reviewer, and readers of Science.”

Reasons for Thursday’s retraction were detailed as follows by Science magazine:

“Survey incentives were misrepresented. To encourage participation in the survey, respondents were claimed to have been given cash payments to enroll, to refer family and friends, and to complete multiple surveys. In correspondence received from Michael J. LaCour’s attorney, he confirmed that no such payments were made.”

“The statement on sponsorship was false. In the report, LaCour acknowledged funding from the Williams Institute, the Ford Foundation, and the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund. Per correspondence from LaCour’s attorney, this statement was not true.”

“LaCour has not produced the original survey data from which someone else could independently confirm the validity of the reported findings.”




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