Election-night News and Voter Turnout

Election-night News and Voter Turnout : Solving the Projection Puzzle

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In eight of the past dozen presidential elections, TV networks proclaimed the winner while citizens on the West Coast, Hawaii, and Alaska were still casting ballots. Is this a problem? Do media projections decrease voter turnout? Carefully examining data from every presidential election held from 1960 through 2004, William Adams definitively answers both questions. Adams employs a range of methods (including content analysis, focus groups, survey research, meta-analysis, and time-series analysis) to corroborate his finding that projections do not in fact discourage voter turnout, but do raise serious issues of equity and perceived discrimination. His persuasive analysis suggests clear policy options designed to keep voters from feeling discounted and devalued on election day.show more

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  • Hardback | 150 pages
  • 149.9 x 231.1 x 15.2mm | 362.88g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • 1588263819
  • 9781588263810

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The Controversy's Context, 1960-2004. Reassessing Conflictin Findings. Election-Night Newscasts. Polling Portland's Nonvoters: Western Oregon. Turnout Test of Twin Counties: Eastern Oregon. Heartland Not Disheartened: Idaho, Kansas, North Dakota. Decades of Dinner-Time Dropoff. Deploring But Ignoring Projections: Washington, Oregon, California. Sorting through 2000 Snaufs. Equity, Fairness, and Policy Options.show more

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