Like if a certain statistic offends them or challenges their point of view, they will just write it off as bullshit. However if a statistic supports their viewpoint then that statistic is totally legit.
so essentially the only valid statistics are those which support that specific person's argument
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People tend to be more critical of studies that oppose their point of view than those that support their point of view.
A big problem too, I think, is that many people do not really understand statistics, and many people don't have much education/experience with understanding and critiquing research papers.
Also, research is often presented in misleading and/or sensationalized ways in the media, and it can be difficult to gain access to the actual research paper (since many are behind paywalls).2