Is Journalistic Truth Dead? Measuring How Informed Voters Are about Political News (LIEPP Working Paper, n°128)

Charles Angelucci & Andrea Rodríguez Prat
How many voters are informed about political news mainstream journalists consider important? We develop a methodology that combines a protocol for identifying major news stories, online surveys, and the estimation of a model that disentangles individual information precision from news story salience and partisanship. We focus on news about U.S. politics in a monthly sample of 1,000 voters repeated 8 times. On average, 85% of individuals are able to distinguish the major real news story...
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