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Title:A Constructivist Analysis of Perceptions of 1980 Presidential Candidates
Author(s):Delancey, Charles Arthur
Department / Program:Speech Communication
Discipline:Speech Communication
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Speech Communication
Abstract:This study sought to assess the feasibility of a constructivist interpretation of the influence of political campaign messages on the development of persons' impressions of presidential candidates. The study sought to discover whether persons who differed in orientations to the 1980 campaign would also differ in reported attention to campaign messages and in systematic changes in the content and level of elaboration of their impressions of the candidates. One hundred fourteen students enrolled in the introductory course in public speaking at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign served as subjects. Subjects received and completed research protocols in three class sessions at monthly intervals: in September, in October, and in November. The protocols included measures of impressions of each of the three major presidential candidates, measures of interest in the campaign, measures of probable vote choice and certainty of that choice, measures of reasons for attending to or avoiding campaign messages, measures of reported exposure to a variety of campaign-related, mass-mediated messages, and measures of reported discussions concerning the campaign with peers. Results indicated that three groups of subjects could be identified by patterns of responses to study measures. The results suggest that future constructivist investigations of the influence of political campaign messages would be informative in discovering how persons develop their impressions and act upon their impressions of candidates.
Issue Date:1985
Description:234 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1985.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8521752
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-05-13
Date Deposited:1985

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