Television News Repertoires, Exposure Diversity, and Voting Behavior in the 2016 U.S. Election

Thomas B. Ksiazek*, Su Jung Kim, Edward C. Malthouse

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This study explores the television news repertoires and voting behaviors of American citizens in the 2016 U.S. election. The results reveal notably different repertoires, some defined by ideologically driven selective exposure, others defined by political interest selective exposure (preference/disinterest in the news), and others that are seemingly neutral. In turn, both total news exposure and exposure diversity positively predict voter turnout, with exposure diversity demonstrating the stronger effect. Moreover, there was a clear relationship between exposure to partisan news media and voting in that respective party’s primary election.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1120-1144
Number of pages25
JournalJournalism and Mass Communication Quarterly
Volume96
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

Keywords

  • 2016 U.S. election
  • big data
  • exposure diversity
  • media repertoires
  • news
  • selective exposure
  • set-top box data (STB)
  • voting behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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