Reporting Public Opinion: How the Media Turns Boring Polls into Biased News

Erik Gahner Larsen, Zoltán Fazekas

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Abstract

This book is about how opinion polls are reported in the media. Opinions polls are not reported in the media as unfiltered numbers, and some opinion polls are not reported at all. This volume demonstrates how opinion polls travel through several stages that eventually turn boring numbers into biased news in the media. The framework offered in this book helps to understand how some polls end up in the news coverage, and which systemic biases abound in the news media reports of opinion polls. In the end, a change narrative will be prominent in the reporting of opinion polls which contributes to what the general public sees and shares. The findings cover journalists, politicians, experts and the public, and how they all share a strong preference for change.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages134
ISBN (Print)9783030753498, 9783030753528
ISBN (Electronic)9783030753504
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Public opinion
  • Media coverage
  • Political polls
  • Opinion polls
  • Election coverage
  • Media reporting
  • Responding
  • Bias
  • Social media
  • Media outlets
  • Narratives
  • Political actors
  • Poll reporting

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