U. S audiences' perceptions of Covid-19 and conservative news frames

T. Makana Chock, Se Jung Kim

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Abstract

During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. conservative news downplayed the threat of the virus. Perceived risks of COVID-19 are an important factor in influencing citizens' willingness to comply with risk preven-tion measures. An online survey (N=269) of U.S. residents was conducted March 30-April 1, 2020. We found that those who used partisan conservative news sources as their primary source of information about the virus were significantly less likely to view it as a threat, compared to those who cited Far Left, Center Left, and Center Right news sources. Polit-ically conservative Far Right news audiences reported significantly lower estimates of their own COVID-19 risk, as well as that of their age group peers, the average person in the U.S., and the average senior citizen in the U.S.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1180-1189
Number of pages10
JournalPartecipazione e Conflitto
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Conservatism
  • COVID-19
  • News framing
  • Political bias
  • Risk prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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