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Bridging the Partisan Divide? Exploring Ambivalence and Information Seeking Over Time in the 2012 US Presidential Election

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Research has shown that holding conflicting attitudes may lead people to live up to the normative ideal of how citizens should act in a democracy. One example of this ideal behavior is the research showing that ambivalence leads to information seeking. To expand on this line of inquiry, this study examines the relationship between ambivalence and information seeking over time using three-wave panel data. In addition, we also examine whether ambivalence leads people to seek out attitudinally consistent or inconsistent media, and whether use of pro- or counter-attitudinal outlets increases or decreases ambivalence, respectively. Results suggest that a higher level of information seeking leads to a reduction in ambivalence. This decrease in ambivalence seems to be driven by using pro-attitudinal media. Experiencing ambivalence, however, is associated with an increase in counter-attitudinal media use.

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Hmielowski, Jay., Beam, Michael. and Hutchens, Myiah. "Bridging the Partisan Divide? Exploring Ambivalence and Information Seeking Over Time in the 2012 US Presidential Election" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Renaissance Hotel, Washington DC, Aug 08, 2013 <Not Available>. 2018-08-30 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p670529_index.html>

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Hmielowski, J. , Beam, M. and Hutchens, M. , 2013-08-08 "Bridging the Partisan Divide? Exploring Ambivalence and Information Seeking Over Time in the 2012 US Presidential Election" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Renaissance Hotel, Washington DC Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2018-08-30 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p670529_index.html

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Abstract: Research has shown that holding conflicting attitudes may lead people to live up to the normative ideal of how citizens should act in a democracy. One example of this ideal behavior is the research showing that ambivalence leads to information seeking. To expand on this line of inquiry, this study examines the relationship between ambivalence and information seeking over time using three-wave panel data. In addition, we also examine whether ambivalence leads people to seek out attitudinally consistent or inconsistent media, and whether use of pro- or counter-attitudinal outlets increases or decreases ambivalence, respectively. Results suggest that a higher level of information seeking leads to a reduction in ambivalence. This decrease in ambivalence seems to be driven by using pro-attitudinal media. Experiencing ambivalence, however, is associated with an increase in counter-attitudinal media use.


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