Tainted Love: How Stigmatization of a Political Party in News Media Reduces its Electoral Support

New publication by Joost van Spanje and Rachid Azrout, in International Journal of Public Opinion Research. Find the article here. Abstract: In contemporary democracies, a political party typically needs good press to attract voters. A glum scenario for a party would be that news media systematically stigmatize it. To what extent does stigmatization lower its electoral support?   

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Explaining Online News Engagement Based on Browsing Behavior: Creatures of Habit?

New publication by Judith Moeller, Robbert van de Velde, Lisa Merten, and Cornelius Puschmann, in Social Science Computer Review. Find the article here. Abstract: Understanding how citizens keep themselves informed about current affairs is crucial for a functioning democracy. Extant research suggests that in an increasingly fragmented digital news environment, search engines and social media platforms promote more incidental,…

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Internet Use and Political Interest: Growth Curves, Reinforcing Spirals, and Causal Effects During Adolescence

New publication by Judith Moeller, Adam Shehata, and Sanne Kruikemeier, in Journal of Communication. Find the article here. Abstract: This study analyzes reinforcing spirals between online media usage and political interest among adolescents. By applying a two-dimensional conceptualization of online media usage that distinguishes between content and interactivity characteristics, the study focuses on the mechanisms and processes stimulating the…

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Who Gets Lost, and What Difference Does it Make? Mixed Modes, Nonresponse Follow-Up Surveys and the Estimation of Turnout

New publication by Andreas Goldberg and colleague, in Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology. Find the article here. Abstract: This article assesses whether—and to what extent—turnout bias in postelection surveys is reduced by adding a short nonresponse follow-up (NRFU) survey to a mixed-mode survey. Specifically, we examine how the NRFU survey influences response propensities across demographic groups and political…

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Misinformation and Polarization in a High-Choice Media Environment: How Effective Are Political Fact-Checkers?

New publication by Michael Hameleers and Toni van der Meer, in Communication Research. Find the article here. One of the most fundamental changes in today’s political information environment is an increasing lack of communicative truthfulness. To explore this worrisome phenomenon, this study aims to investigate the effects of political misinformation by integrating three theoretical approaches: (1) misinformation, (2) polarization,…

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Donald Trump, Populism, and the Age of Extremes: Comparing the Personality Traits and Campaigning Styles of Trump and Other Leaders Worldwide

New publication by Alessandro Nai and co-authors, in Presidential Studies Quarterly. Find the article here. Abstract: A common narrative portrays Donald Trump as impetuous and quick to anger, thin skinned, constantly lying, brazen, vulgar, and boasting a grandiose sense of self and his accomplishments. Little systematic evidence exists that this is the case, however. With a novel data set…

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Fight or flight? Attributing responsibility in response to mixed congruent and incongruent partisan news in selective exposure media environments

New publication by Michael Hameleers and Toni van der Meer in Information, Communication and Society. Click here for the article. Abstract: In today’s media environment, the flow of incoming information can be overwhelming. Citizens are exposed to both congruent and incongruent information, following each other at a fast pace. At the same time, citizens have the freedom to compose their…

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Partisan Media, Polarized Audiences? A Qualitative Analysis of Online Political News and Responses in the United States, U.K., and The Netherlands

New publication by Michael Hameleers in International Journal of Public Opinion Research, titled: ‘Partisan Media, Polarized Audiences? A Qualitative Analysis of Online Political News and Responses in the United States, U.K., and The Netherlands’. Click here for the article. Abstract: Media outlets in the United States are frequently accused of articulating partisan biases in political reporting. In Europe, the media…

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Spiraling downward: The reciprocal relation between attitude toward political behavioral targeting and privacy concerns

New publication by Tom Dobber, Damian Trilling, Natali Helberger, and Claes de Vreese in New Media & Society, titled: ‘Spiraling downward: The reciprocal relation between attitude toward political behavioral targeting and privacy concerns’. Click here for the article. Abstract: Tailored political messages are increasingly prevalent in election time, but we know little about how people perceive such data-driven and…

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Knowing is not loving: media effects on knowledge about and attitudes toward the EU

New publication by Franziska Marquart, Andreas Goldberg, Erika van Elsas, Anna Brosius, and Claes de Vreese in Journal of European Integration, titled: ‘Knowing is not loving: media effects on knowledge about and attitudes toward the EU’. Click here for the article. Abstract: Media provide the public with information related to the European Union which may alter individuals’ perceptions, ultimately…

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