Effects of Negative Political Advertising and Message Repetition on Candidate Evaluation

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Abstract

A great deal of televised political advertising is seen every electoral year. Expenditures on this type of political communication have reached the all-time high in the past elections. Clearly, political candidates believe that televised political advertising is an effective way to communicate with voters. This study investigates the effects of repetition of negative political ads on candidate evaluations. A pilot study shows situations in which repetition can both benefit and harm the evaluation of the sponsor of a negative political ad. The main study explores a factor that makes a negative political ad more effective, increasing positive reactions toward the sponsor and negative reactions toward the target of the ad. Implications of these results for society, attitudes, and learning are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)268-291
Number of pages24
JournalMass Communication and Society
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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