- Allison Mueller, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago
- Linda Skitka, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago
We explored people’s reactions to political targets who lie to serve noble causes. As predicted, stronger observer moral conviction for a cause predicted more positive evaluations of like-minded targets, and more negative evaluations of oppositional targets, regardless of target truthfulness. In sum, politicians may lie to bolster a cause without losing approval from morally convicted supporters.