Negative political advertising and voting intent: The role of involvement and alternative information sources

Ronald J. Faber, Albert R Tims, Kay G. Schmitt

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Abstract

Previous research on negative political advertising has found both intended and backlash effects, indicating that the impact of these ads is likely to be contingent on other factors. The current study examines some potentially important contingent variables — level of involvement and attention to both newspapers and television for political information. Regression analyses indicate that both enduring and situational involvement and attention to television news increase the impact of negative political ads on voting decisions. Although it initially appears that attention to newspaper is unrelated to the impact of negative ads, analysis of covariance shows that newspaper reading actually reduces the impact of negative ads after controlling for other variables.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-76
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Advertising
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1993

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