Political Engagement through Debates: Young Citizens’ Reactions to the 2004 Presidential DebatesAmerican Behavioral Scientist
Format of Original19 p.
Original Item IDdoi: 10.1177/0002764207300050
AbstractThis study examines how exposure to a televised debate affects young citizens’ normative democratic tendencies, attitudes that have been linked to increased civic and political participation, including voting behavior. The authors also are interested in the confidence young citizens express in the political knowledge they possess—their political information efficacy—and specifically how confidence in one’s knowledge may be affected by exposure to such a sustained and “information-rich” source of campaign information as a 90-minute candidate debate. Findings reveal that debates strengthen, at least in the short term, democratic attitudes and also strengthen young citizens’ levels of political information efficacy.
Citation InformationMitchell S. McKinney and Sumana Chattopadhyay. "Political Engagement through Debates: Young Citizens’ Reactions to the 2004 Presidential Debates" American Behavioral Scientist (2007) ISSN: 0002-7642
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sumana_chattopadhyay/2/