Department of Political Science

The Conditional Scope of Selective Exposure to Political Television Media, 1996-2012

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  • Joshua Robison
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  • Thomas Leeper, Denmark
A considerable amount of research documents an ideological or partisan bias in media exposure: liberals and Democrats are more likely to be exposed to liberal-leaning media while conservatives and Republicans are more likely to be exposed to conservative-leaning media. Much of this research, however, was conducted in the mid-2000’s, a politically contentious period in American politics. We argue that there are many reasons to expect this political context to be a period that encouraged high degrees of selective exposure, especially among partisans and those with high political interest. Using Pew Research Center data from 1996 to 2012, we document that exposure to ideological or partisan media is heavily conditioned by time, audience size, and individuals’ interest in national politics. Selective exposure seems to be limited to partisans with a high interest in politics viewing a handful of specific television programs during a specific period in American history. We discuss the implications of this evidence for selective exposure research, the size and scope of media echo chambers, and for the prospects for democratic deliberation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventAnnual Meeting of the American Political Science Association: Political Communication Pre-Conference - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 1 Sep 20157 Sep 2015

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Meeting of the American Political Science Association
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period01/09/201507/09/2015

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