Interview with Vox about Sinclair Pandemic Story

July 26, 2020

From the piece: “Even though many Americans accept misinformation about the origins of Covid-19 (e.g., that it was created in a lab), belief in the ‘Plandemic’ conspiracy has largely been relegated to only the most ardent conspiracy theorists. That’s in part due to the relatively swift action social media companies took to remove the video from their platforms,” he wrote. “Sinclair’s decision to air this interview without challenging its claims risks pushing some of these extreme views into the mainstream.”

Research Featured in The New Republic

July 13, 2020

From the piece:

Research shows that the higher one’s consumption of such media, the more likely people were to reject the scientific consensus regarding the nature of the virus and how to minimize its spread. As the political scientists Matt Motta, Dominick Stecula, and Christina Farhart recently wrote [...]

Interview KFAQ About OK Primary Elections & Medicaid Expansion

July 07, 2020

We discuss June's primary results, Medicaid expansion in OK, and what it all means for the upcoming runoff and general elections. 

Interview with Tulsa World about Oklahoma's Primary Elections & Medicaid Expansion

July 05, 2020

I talk with Tulsa World about what Oklahoma's 2020 primary election results and the passage of Medicaid Expansion might imply for the 2020 General Election. 

Interview with The Upshot (New York Times) About Trust in the Scientific Community During COVID-19

June 28, 2020

From the piece: "In the face of those headwinds, the high levels of trust in scientists are remarkable. “I haven’t seen much evidence that trust in scientists or trust in the scientific community has eroded,” said Matt Motta, an assistant professor of political science at Oklahoma State University, who studies the intersection of politics and science. But he said he was still concerned about the future, particularly if a vaccine is approved, which would require widespread adoption to protect a community."

Interview with the AP about Oklahoma's June Primary Elections

June 28, 2020

From the piece: "Republicans clearly see OK-5 as one of their best chances to ‘flip’ a House seat, and they’re correct to see it that way,” said Matthew Motta, a political science professor at Oklahoma State University. “The race has attracted several fairly well-financed challengers. And, because President Trump won the district by more than 13% in 2016, most non-partisan election analysts classify the race as a toss-up.”"

Interview with The Atlantic about Alternative Medicine & COVID-19

June 22, 2020

I talk about the possibility that the popularity of alternative remedies for COVID-19 could interfere with evidence-based efforts to support collective immunity. 

Interview with NBC (KJRH) About Pres. Trump's 6/20 Tulsa Rally

June 21, 2020

We talk about the electoral strategy of holding a major indoor event in Tulsa, in the middle of a global pandemic, and why turnout for the event was lower than the campaign initially expected. 

Interview with The Atlantic about COVID Misinformation and Vaccination Intentions

May 24, 2020

From the piece: “How quickly do we forget?” wonders Matt Motta, a political scientist at Oklahoma State University. “How long does it take for us to say, ‘Okay, that wasn’t so bad’?” By the time a vaccine is on the market, the worst of the coronavirus crisis may very well be over. The strictest shelter-at-home restrictions will likely be lifted too. All the misinformation aside, a vaccine, instead of being like a savior, may feel like too little, too late.

Interview with TIME Magazine on COVID-19 Vaccine Skepticism

May 18, 2020

From the piece: "approximately one in five Americans have already expressed unwillingness to get an eventual COVID-19 vaccine, according to an April 15 survey undertaken by Matt Motta, an assistant professor of political science at Oklahoma State University, and Kristin Lunz Trujillo, a University of Minnesota graduate student."

Op-Ed in Tulsa World on Vote by Mail

May 11, 2020

With Josh Jansa: we explore how concerns about COVID-19 might be neutralizing the partisan disagreement about support for universal vote by mail. 

Piece in The Conversation on COVID-19 Vaccination Intentions

May 04, 2020

Title: "A majority of vaccine skeptics plan to refuse a COVID-19 vaccine, a study suggests, and that could be a big problem." 

Republished in outlets like: Snopes, US News and World Report, Salon. 

Interview with CBS News About Anti-Vaxxers & COVID-19 Concern

April 13, 2020

"Motta analyzed two sets of Pew Research Survey data that had overlapping respondents (one on Americans' concerns over COVID-19 and the other on Americans' views on childhood vaccines), and found a 40% overlap between those skeptical of vaccine safety and those who believe the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is exaggerating the risks of COVID-19."

ABC (KTUL) Super Tuesday Coverage

March 03, 2020

I break down Oklahoma's Super Tuesday results throughout the evening, and explain the logistics of the primary process in a supplemental Facebook Live video

ABC (KTUL) Super Tuesday Roundtable

February 27, 2020

"Tulsa's Channel 8 hosted a "Your Voice, Your Vote" roundtable with former Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett, former congressional candidate Tim Gilpin, and Oklahoma State University political science professor Dr. Matt Motta"

APSA Public Outreach -- Interview & Profile

January 31, 2020

I talk about best practices for doing public facing research as an early career scholar with the American Political Science Association (APSA).

Interview with KOCO (ABC, OKC)

January 24, 2020

Dr. Mendez and I chat with ABC's morning show about the Senate impeachment trial, and respond to viewer tweets live on air. 

Research Featured in New York Times

January 04, 2020

Daunting as the problem may be, millions of people still don’t accept the premise of its existence: Depending on how you ask, only about half to two-thirds of Americans believe that climate change is caused by humans, according to the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center.

Research Featured in the LA Times

December 17, 2019

“If climate scientists are not seen as dedicated to providing reliable information in as neutral a way as possible, that could erode support,” Caldeira said.


Indeed, a 2018 survey found that the March for Science had a polarizing effect on people’s opinions of scientists, increasing positive attitudes among liberals and negative attitudes among conservatives.

Will Oklahomans Support Medicaid Expansion? We Need More Polling

November 26, 2019

Op-ed in Tulsa World about the state of Medicare Expansion public opinion polling in Oklahoma (including original analysis of CCES data).

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