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).

Interview with KJRH (NBC) About Special Election Turnout

November 12, 2019

I discuss expected turnout and results of Tulsa's special election on the Improve Our Tulsa ballot initiative.

Interview with KOCO (ABC) about Impeachment Inquiry & 2020 Election

November 05, 2019

Discussion about the impeachment inquiry into Pres. Trump, and what to expect in the 2020 House & Senate races in Oklahoma. 

Conspiracy theories and fear of needles contribute to vaccine hesitancy for many parents

August 01, 2019

Discussion of our Social Science and Medicine article on the psychological correlates of parental vaccine delay behavior, and the challenges that this presents for science communication.

Research Featured in The Upshot (NYT)

July 23, 2019

Research published in Social Science and Medicine cited as evidence of the Dunning Kruger effect in public health, and a challenge for science communication efforts to combat anti-vaccine misinformation. 

Research Features by PreventionWeb (United Nation Office of Disaster Risk Reduction)

July 17, 2019

Article published at Behavioural Public Policy featured on the United Nation's Office of Disaster Risk Reduction's PreventionWeb news site.

Interview with WNHN on Earthquake Disaster Policy

July 17, 2019

"We speak to Matt Motta, Professor at Oklahoma State University, about how to convince people to pay attention to real risks that they will likely face. Using earthquakes as an example, our guest explains how some folks do not have sufficient information about potential risks, while other people avoid thinking about the problem. Either way, the likely victims don’t take any action to protect themselves from risks."

Americans focus on responding to earthquake damage, not preventing it, because they're unaware of their risk

July 16, 2019

Summary of our work, published at Behavioural Public Policy, in the aftermath of two major earthquakes in southern California. 

Interview with Earther about Earthquake Risk

July 11, 2019

From the article:


“People like it when politicians respond to disasters,” Motta said. “But we don’t care nearly as much about the preventative side. I think what we observed last week in Southern California should be a wake-up call.”

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