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A Question of Time? A Longitudinal Analysis of the Relationship between News Media Consumption and Political Trust

Journal article
Authors Jesper Strömbäck
Monika Djerf-Pierre
Adam Shehata
Published in The International Journal of Press/Politics
Volume 21
Issue 1
Pages 88-110
ISSN 1940-1612
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG)
Pages 88-110
Language en
Keywords political trust, media effects, opinion dynamics, changing media environments
Subject categories Media and Communications


Although there is plenty of research investigating the linkages between news media use and political distrust, virtually all of these studies focus on the impact of media use on political distrust at a particular point in time. At the same time, the transition from low-choice to high-choice media environments suggests that the relationship might not be stable across time. Whatever the linkages between news media use and political distrust were in the 1980s, 1990s, or 2000s, it cannot a priori be assumed that those linkages are the same or of equal strength today. Against this background, the purpose of this paper is to investigate the changing relationship between news media use and political trust across time. Among other things, the results show that there is a positive linkage between news media use and political trust but also that for some media, this relationship weakens across time.

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