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Why are “others" so polarized? Perceived political polarization and media use in 10 countries

Yang, J, Rojas, H, Wojcieszak, M, Aalberg, T, Coen, S, Curran, J, Iyengar, S, Hayashi, K, Jones, PK, Mazzoleni, G, Papathanassopoulos, S, Rhee, JW, Rowe, D, Soroka, S and Tiffen, R 2016, 'Why are “others" so polarized? Perceived political polarization and media use in 10 countries' , Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 21 (5) , pp. 349-367.

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This study tests the associations between news media use and perceived political polarization, conceptualized as citizens’ beliefs about partisan divides among major political parties. Relying on representative surveys in Canada, Colombia, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Norway, United Kingdom and United States, we test whether perceived polarization is related to the use of television news, newspaper, radio news, and online news media. Data show that online news consumption is systematically and consistently related to perceived polarization, but not to attitude polarization, understood as individual attitude extremity. In contrast, the relationships between traditional media use and perceived and attitude polarization is mostly country dependent. An explanation of these findings based on exemplification is proposed and tested in an experimental design.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1083-6101
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Funders: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Depositing User: WM Taylor
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2016 09:12
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2016 09:12

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