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Valenced news frames and public support for the EU
Unformatted Document Text:  RUNNING HEAD: Valenced news frames and public support for the EU 15 the disadvantageous condition listed more negative statements (M = 1.73, SD = 1.54) than participants in the advantageous condition (M = 1.01, SD = 1.13). There was no significant difference between the conditions in the volume of neutral thoughts. --------------- TABLE 3 --------------- To test for the simultaneous influence of political efficacy, knowledge, and exposure to news three regression models were run. As Table 3 shows, the effects of exposure to valenced news significantly affected the volume of negative and positive evaluations of the EU. The effects of the control variables were in the expected direction. After controlling for verbosity, political efficacy was a significantly negative predictor of listing negative thoughts. Effects on perception of (dis)advantages Participants in the advantageous condition, on average, listed more advantages of the EU enlargement (M = 1.79, SD = 1.04) than participants from the disadvantageous condition (M = 1.30, SD = .95). Conversely, participants in the disadvantageous condition listed more disadvantages of the EU enlargement (M = 1.58, SD = .89) than participants in the advantageous condition (M = 1.37, SD = .75). --------------- TABLE 4 --------------- Two regression models predicting the volume of advantages and disadvantages were run. As Table 4 shows, the effects of exposure to valenced news significantly affected the volume of both advantages and disadvantages. The effects of the control variables were in the expected direction, but (with the exception of verbosity), not significant. Discussion This study advanced previous research on news frames and framing effects in political communication by adding the perspective of the valence of frames. This research trajectory had been alluded to previously, but had neither been explicated nor put to an

Authors: De Vreese, Claes. and Boomgaarden, Hajo.
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RUNNING HEAD: Valenced news frames and public support for the EU
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the disadvantageous condition listed more negative statements (M = 1.73, SD = 1.54) than
participants in the advantageous condition (M = 1.01, SD = 1.13). There was no significant
difference between the conditions in the volume of neutral thoughts.
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TABLE 3
---------------
To test for the simultaneous influence of political efficacy, knowledge, and exposure
to news three regression models were run. As Table 3 shows, the effects of exposure to
valenced news significantly affected the volume of negative and positive evaluations of the
EU. The effects of the control variables were in the expected direction. After controlling for
verbosity, political efficacy was a significantly negative predictor of listing negative thoughts.
Effects on perception of (dis)advantages
Participants in the advantageous condition, on average, listed more advantages of
the EU enlargement (M = 1.79, SD = 1.04) than participants from the disadvantageous
condition (M = 1.30, SD = .95). Conversely, participants in the disadvantageous condition
listed more disadvantages of the EU enlargement (M = 1.58, SD = .89) than participants in
the advantageous condition (M = 1.37, SD = .75).
---------------
TABLE 4
---------------
Two regression models predicting the volume of advantages and disadvantages were
run. As Table 4 shows, the effects of exposure to valenced news significantly affected the
volume of both advantages and disadvantages. The effects of the control variables were in
the expected direction, but (with the exception of verbosity), not significant.
Discussion
This study advanced previous research on news frames and framing effects in
political communication by adding the perspective of the valence of frames. This research
trajectory had been alluded to previously, but had neither been explicated nor put to an


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