Nativism, civic nationalism and the malleability of voter attitudes

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Kefford, Glenn, Moffitt, Benjamin and Werner, Annika. (2022). Nativism, civic nationalism and the malleability of voter attitudes. Acta Politica. pp. 1-24. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41269-022-00253-8
AuthorsKefford, Glenn, Moffitt, Benjamin and Werner, Annika
Abstract

Nativism is one of the defining phenomena of the contemporary era. Yet, we know little about how malleable citizen attitudes associated with nativism and nationalism are to priming effects when media frames which deal with key issues such as immigration are introduced. In this article, we present the findings from a survey experiment fielded to a nationally representative sample of voters in Australia in May 2019. In it, we explore whether the attitudes of voters for different political parties can be primed by introducing two contrasting media frames to measure these effects. We find positive and negative frames have no effect on the attitudes of voters for Australia’s populist radical right party, but that the former has an effect on centre-right voters in Australia. Such findings have important implications for our understanding of political communication and the malleability of political attitudes.

Keywordspolitical attitudes; voting behavior; political communication; nationalism; populist radical right; Australia
Year2022
JournalActa Politica
Journal citationpp. 1-24
PublisherSpringer
ISSN0001-6810
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1057/s41269-022-00253-8
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85134217067
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FunderAustralian Research Council
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Online12 Jul 2022
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Accepted17 Jun 2022
Deposited23 Aug 2022
ARC Funded ResearchThis output has been funded, wholly or partially, under the Australian Research Council Act 2001
Grant IDDE190100210
DE190101127
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