Protesting Immigration: Attitude Congruency and the Behavioral Component of the Third-Person Perspective

This study examined the relationship between attitude congruency and third-person perceptions of influence of news media.

Two experiments were conducted to determine the effects of this relationship on willingness to support protests, using immigration as a topic.

Findings indicate that attitude-congruent news stories have strong perceived influence on individuals, but not on others. Individuals were supportive of attitude-congruent protests, but TPP and the news stories were unrelated to protest support.

Traditional operationalization of the behavioral component is questioned.

Co-author: Dr. Julie Andsager, University of Iowa

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