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How President Trump helped the media lose the 2018 midterm elections

Soroka, Stuart (2018) How President Trump helped the media lose the 2018 midterm elections. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (30 Nov 2018). Blog Entry.

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Historically, leading up to Election Day, media coverage tends to follow the polls: when one party is doing better with voters, the media’s tone tends to be more favorable towards them. But in a new analysis of news coverage of midterm elections since 2002, Stuart Soroka finds that the 2018 midterms were a different story. If the midterms had followed previous trends, he argues, then the media’s negative tone towards the Democrats would have pointed to as much as a four percent drop in the party’s vote share. He writes that this coverage, even in the face of the party’s much-anticipated midterm victories, may be a consequence of media attentiveness to President Trump’s negative rhetoric about his opposition.

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Additional Information: © 2018 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2021 14:24
Last Modified: 31 May 2024 13:30

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