Fragmented knowledge: exploring the relationship between partisan media exposure and liberal, conservative, and nonpartisan political knowledge

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dc.contributor Roberts, Chris
dc.contributor Lee, Doohwang
dc.contributor.advisor Greer, Jennifer D.
dc.contributor.author Carbo, Tracey Brooke
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T16:34:38Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T16:34:38Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001033
dc.identifier.other Carbo_alatus_0004M_11174
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1515
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The study examined the relationship between three types of political knowledge--liberal, conservative, and nonpartisan--and exposure to partisan news media. An online survey measuring U.S. adults' news media use and political knowledge was conducted in April of 2012. The survey also asked about respondents' political participation, ideology, and demographics. The study found a significant positive relationship between exposure to general political news media and all types of knowledge. Further, exposure to partisan news media was positively related to corresponding knowledge type, but no relationship was found for conflicting knowledge types. A regression analysis of all variables of interest found exposure to partisan media to be the strongest predictor of corresponding political knowledge, more so than exposure to general political news, ideology, political participation, or demographic factors. Although much research has been conducted in the area of partisan media exposure, this study was the first to link partisan selective exposure and different types of political knowledge, a relationship only suggested in past studies. The finding that partisan media exposure, not ideology, is directly linked to adults holding differing types of knowledge about the political system holds strong implications for the future of American participatory democracy.
dc.format.extent 93 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Journalism
dc.subject.other Political Science
dc.title Fragmented knowledge: exploring the relationship between partisan media exposure and liberal, conservative, and nonpartisan political knowledge
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Journalism
etdms.degree.discipline Journalism
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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