Motivated Voters and Campaign Information : Information Selection, Processing, and Effects in a Multiparty System


Meffert, Michael F. ; Gschwend, Thomas



URL: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/228442302...
Additional URL: http://ecpr.eu/events/paperdetails.aspx?paperid=10...
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2011
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Social Sciences > Politische Wissenschaft, Quantitative Sozialwissenschaftliche Methoden (Gschwend 2007-)
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: Preference-driven selective exposure does not always have to reinforce existing party and issue preferences or lead to attitudinal polarization. Because voters and parties are unlikely to agree on all issue preferences, selective exposure at the information selection stage can expose voters to counterattitudinal information. When party and issue preferences clash, voters are forced to reconcile this mismatch. Instead of polarization, existing preferences can be weakened. We test these assumptions with data from an information board experiment conducted during two real election campaigns in Germany. Participants encountered information about 5 parties and 13 issues in the form of short headlines that could be selected for further reading. The results suggest that (1) selective exposure happens, that (2) the processing of counterattitudinal information requires additional cognitive resources, and that (3) issue position congruency of participants and parties affects the extremity of party evaluations and the confidence in vote decisions. In short, selective exposure does not always lead to attitudinal reinforcement and polarization.

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