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Study Report

Study Number: LA-166-001-1-1-United States-DISC-2006

Subject Area: Public Opinion on Political Matters, Political Participation

Bibliographic Citation: Online politics and young voters 2006: the use of political websites by American youth and effects on political engagement.  [machine-readable data file] / Xenos, Michael A.  [principal investigator(s)] / Data and Information Services Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison  [distributor].

Date Accessioned: 7/7/2008

Number of Files Received: 3

Comments: Data file is in SPSS sav format. It has 18 variables and 197 cases. 7/08 DISC staff converted the SPSS sav file to SPSS portable file. This study is available from BADGIR archive.

Access Status: Unrestricted

Documentation: Codebook file is in ASCII text format and questionnaire is in Microsoft Word format. 8/08 online-politics-young-voters-2006-cdbk.txt is updated see PDR folder for details.

Abstract: This study explores how younger citizens interact with youth-oriented political portal websites during elections. Data are drawn from an experiment in which participants were instructed to use the Web to learn about issues and candidates related to the 2006 midterm elections. The primary objective of the study is to examine the effects of exposure to youth politics websites on the subjective experiences of participants, their ability to form opinions on political issues, and their attitudes toward the Internet as a political tool. The study also explores the extent to which these effects may be moderated by participantsí pre-existing levels of interest in politics. The 197 respondents were students enrolled in the Communication Arts and Journalism Courses at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. They started their browsing sessions in one of the three locations: www.rockthevote.com, www.newvotersproject.org and www.google.com. All the data were collected between October 30 and November 7 of 2006.

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