Campaign Advertising and the Cultivation of Crime Worry: Testing Relationships With Two Large Datasets From the 2016 U.S. Election Cycle

Jiawei Liu, Rosemary J. Avery, Erika F. Fowler, Laura Baum, Sarah E. Gollust, Colleen L. Barry, Brendan Welch, Emmett Tabor, Nathaniel W. Lee & Jeff Niederdeppe
Previous research has documented that political information in the mass media can shape attitudes and behaviors beyond voter choice and election turnout. The current study extends this body of work to examine associations between televised political campaign advertising (one of the most common forms of political communication people encounter) and worry about crime and violence in the context of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. We merge two large datasets—Kantar/CMAG data on televised campaign advertisement airings...
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