TV & Political Views

4 April 2015
Examines effect of TV on viewers’ political attitudes & behavior. Regular broadcast news, cable news, TV newsmagazines, fictionalized political stories, political commercials.

Does television influence viewers’ political attitudes and/or affect their political behavior; and, if so, in what ways? The purpose of this report is to examine the existing research investigating this question. The reviewed research covers studies of the effects of five categories of political television: (1) Regular broadcast news; (2) Cable news; (3) Television newsmagazines; (4) Fictionalized political stories; and (5) Political advertisements.
Regular Broadcast News
By far, the majority of studies of television effects on political attitudes and behavior have examined for influences resulting from viewing regular local and national news…
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