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Cross Road Elections: Change in EU Performance Evaluations during the European Parliament Elections 2014

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Vreese, Claes H. de; Azrout, Rachid; Moeller, Judith

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Abstract The 2014 European Parliament (EP) elections were held after a period where public opinion about the EU changed significantly. In this paper we investigate evaluations of the performance of the European Union, as this dimension of EU attitudes is particularly relevant ahead of elections. We look at public opinion developments since 2009 and then zoom in on the role played by the news media in shaping public opinion about EU performance by linking citizens’ evaluations across time to the news media content they were exposed to. The article relies on original multiple wave survey panel data and a systematic media content analysis in the Netherlands. It shows how public opinion has changed, how it changes around EP elections, and how exposure to media coverage can help improve citizens’ evaluations of EU performance. (author's abstract)
Keywords EU; election to the European Parliament; European Parliament; election campaign; election; reporting; mass media; political attitude; public opinion; multi-level system; content analysis; Netherlands; time series; political interest
Classification Media Contents, Content Analysis; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; European Politics
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
Page/Pages p. 69-82
Journal Politics and Governance, 4 (2016) 1
Issue topic How Different Were the European Elections of 2014?
ISSN 2183-2463
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution