Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Communication Studies

Title

The politics of emotion: News media attention, emotional responses, and participation during the 2004 U.S. presidential election

Language

English

Abstract

This study examines the mediating role of emotions toward presidential candidates in the relationship between news media attention and political campaign participation. Numerous studies have investigated the effect of news media attention on political participatory behavior. Research in this area, however, focused mostly on cognitive variables as influences on people's behavior. We hypothesize that emotional reactions to candidates can mediate the effect of news media attention on political campaign participation. Using the 2004 American National Election Studies, we test this hypothesis employing structural equation modeling. Results show that both news media attention and the amount of emotions toward candidates are positively associated with political campaign participation. The relationship between TV news attention and political participation is fully mediated by the emotions toward both candidates, whereas the relationship between newspaper attention and political participation is partially mediated. In other words, TV news only has an indirect effect on political participation through emotional reactions toward candidates.

Publication Date

1-1-2012

Source Publication Title

Mass Communication and Society

Volume

15

Issue

1

Start Page

25

End Page

45

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

DOI

10.1080/15205436.2011.563894

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15205436.2011.563894

ISSN (print)

15205436

ISSN (electronic)

15327825

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