The impact of the news media on public opinion: American presidential election 1987-1988

David P. Fan, Albert R. Tims

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Abstract

Ideodynamics is a new mathematical model able to predict time trends of public opinion based on information in the mass media. Using this model and a new method of computer content analysis applied to Associated Press stories retrieved from the Nexis electronic data base, it was possible to forecast actual opinion poll results for the American Presidential election of 1988 with very high accuracy. The average deviation between the computer predicted values and over 120 measured poll values was 2.7 per cent for George Bush versus Michael Dukakis. On election day, the deviation was 2 per cent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-163
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Public Opinion Research
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 1989

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