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Election Polls and Media Bias in the Czech Republic

Author(s): Lenka Hrbková, Roman Chytilek
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Mezinárodní politologický ústav Masarykovy univerzity v Brně
Keywords: public opinion polls; horserace journalism; media bias; Věci veřejné

Summary/Abstract: The article explores the influence of the electoral polls on media coverage of political actors during election campaigns. Based on the presumptions of the structural media bias theory we investigate whether the polls can affect the way media report on particular political actors in the course of an electoral campaign. According to Zaller’s media politics theory journalists are supposed to pay most attention to the candidate or political party leading in the polls. Also, the tone of media coverage of the leading candidate should be linked with his/her success in the race. This article adjusts the hypotheses of media politics to the condition of proportional party representation. The aim is to explore how media coverage of the non-parliamentary party Věci veřejné related to its position in the polls and its anticipated importance for future development after the election.

  • Issue Year: XX/2013
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 32-48
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Czech