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What is the word that describes people who are easily influenced by propaganda or always do what all other people are seen to be doing without much thinking?

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According to psychologists and social psychologists, the more educated you are, the less susceptible you think you are, but, in fact, they claim it's quite the opposite. People who are educated are generally more open-minded than the ignorant & ill-educated, so they're more influenced by propaganda than the closed-minded. People who "always do what all other people are seen to be doing without much thinking" are called "conformists" & "well-adjusted members of society". Your fellow parishioners, for example; your fraternity brothers; your military or corporate colleagues; etc. – user21497 Dec 8 '12 at 9:53
    
At least in me experience, most of them are called "salesmen". The defining characteristic of being a good salesman is being susceptible to your own propaganda (which usually translates to being susceptible others' propaganda as well). – Jerry Coffin Dec 8 '12 at 16:55
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Well, If we're throwing words around, I'd like to throw in credulous.

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I know of no word quite so specific, but gullible describes anyone who is easily fooled.

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What about uncritical or accepting?

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I'd like to throw my entry into the ring. 'Weak Minded'. Wikipedia says for Weak Minded "... is the state of being easily impressionable or possessing a weak sense of self-will, judgement or conviction.

A weak minded individual's opinion may be easily swayed by propaganda or emotional manipulation tactics, as they do not possess an adequate ability to judge or discern the quality of an assertion, or they may exhibit a lack of discipline."

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Conformist / conforming - has the strong connotation of someone who "goes along" but not of that being a bad thing. One might (rightly) conform to a law one doesn't happen to like, or (wrongly) conform to a mob's violence or social injustice.

Suggestible - someone who takes on thoughts and ideas from others without conscious consideration

Susceptible (to propaganda) - can be influenced/affected

Influenceable (by propaganda) - as above

Malleable - bendable, implies resistance on some level that is ultimately suspended. The analogy is to metalworking.

Compliant - someone who complies over-readily

Sheepish - used in a certain sense, it means someone who follows a herd mentality. It can also mean shy or cowardly.

Lemming - (noun) means someone who follows a crowd even suicidally

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To me, "they are sheepish" would normally mean embarrassed/bashful. It's "they are sheep" that I see as embodying OP's credulous, easily-led sense. – FumbleFingers Dec 19 '12 at 23:30
    
Fair enough. I think my use still works, though. wordreference.com/thesaurus/sheepish – Ryan Haber Dec 20 '12 at 5:07
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Of course. I don't mean to say "sheepish" is never used with that sense. It's just that the distinction I made applies more often than not, but this would not be clear from your wording. – FumbleFingers Dec 20 '12 at 16:46
    
Fair enough, @FumbleFingers. – Ryan Haber Jan 3 '13 at 21:30

The word I always think of first when someone is easily influenced or persuaded is "impressionable"

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Hello, Name, and welcome to English Language & Usage. This is an excellent suggestion in my opinion; but to make your answer more self-contained, please consider adding a relevant definition for impressionable from a reliable dictionary. This will corroborate your answer and help readers who aren't familiar with the precise meaning of the word see at once why it works here. If you make the additional effort, I'll happily upvote your answer. – Sven Yargs Feb 24 at 0:05

I would prefer the word fickle minded for this.

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english.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-answer: "Brevity is acceptable, but fuller explanations are better." :) – Honza Zidek Feb 19 '15 at 8:48
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Is this just a personal preference? Please give a little justification. – Chenmunka Feb 19 '15 at 9:16

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