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Unofficial media, government trust, and system confidence evidence from China: an empirical exploration of the attitudes of Netizens based on the dual moderating effect

Chen, Caijuan, Li, Li and Ye, Jie (2022) Unofficial media, government trust, and system confidence evidence from China: an empirical exploration of the attitudes of Netizens based on the dual moderating effect. Frontiers in Psychology, 12. ISSN 1664-1078

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Identification Number: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.763658

Abstract

Mass media has a significant impact on public support for the government. This manuscript constructs a mixed model with official media use as the moderating variable and government trust as the intermediary variable to explore the mechanism of how unofficial media use affects system confidence, using data from a survey of the political and social attitudes of netizens (2015). The study finds that official media use weakens the negative role of unofficial media use in building system confidence, with the intermediary variable of government trust creating the necessary conditions for weakening the effect of unofficial media use. Moreover, the effect of unofficial media use on system confidence is heterogeneous. These findings remind us that it is necessary to deepen research into the micromechanisms that explain how unofficial media use reduces system confidence, a task for which cognitive theory is well suited.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.frontiersin.org/journals/psychology
Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
J Political Science > JC Political theory
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2022 11:36
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2022 10:30
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/113690

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