Does the Information Source Matter? Newspaper Readership, Political Preferences and Euroscepticism in the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands

Benjamin LERUTH, Yordan Kutiyski, Andre Krouwel, Nicholas Startin

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Abstract

Previous research has indicated that political radicals and cynics tend to obtain information from like-minded media sources. In this study, we relate media use to political preferences by utilising a cross-national large-N data set collected during the European elections in 2014 through an online opt-in sample and the European Election Studies (EES), in order to test whether individuals who are negatively opinionated towards the EU and the political elite get informed via media that have a similar attitude towards the EU and politics. Our findings indicate that Eurosceptic voters differ considerably from moderate and pro-European voters in terms of their daily media use. In addition, we find that getting informed via a left-wing- or a right-wing-oriented mainstream media matters, when explaining voter’s policy preferences
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuroscepticism, Democracy and the Media: Communicating Europe
EditorsM. Caiani and S. Guerra
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter5
Pages95-120
Number of pages26
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9781137596437
ISBN (Print)9781137596420
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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