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The media and public opinion react to changes in economic conditions, not the state of the economy in general.

Soroka, Stuart, Stecula, Dominik and Wlezien, Christopher (2015) The media and public opinion react to changes in economic conditions, not the state of the economy in general. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (15 Jan 2015). Website.

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Abstract

Economic headlines have come to dominate media reports in our contemporary 24/7 news cycle. But how are economic changes reflected by the media? By comparing more than 30,000 news stories from the New York Times and The Washington Post with economic and consumer indicators, Stuart Soroka, Dominik Stecula, and Christopher Wlezien, find that the media and public opinion react to economic changes, rather than the overall state of the economy. They also find that media reports tend to reflect future economic expectations, rather than what is presently occurring, or has happened before.These findings have important implications for political leaders, in that they cannot simply rely on general economic indicators – they will be judged more on recent and future economic changes.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science.; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2015 16:37
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2020 23:28
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/60903

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