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Vox Populi or Vox Media?: Opinion Polls and the Swedish Media, 1998-2006
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media. (Demokratiinstitutet Demicom)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5964-102X
2009 (English)In: Javnost - The Public, ISSN 1318-3222, Vol. 16, no 3, p. 55-70Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

While the histories of opinion polling and the newsmedia have been closely intertwined ever since the inventionof polling, the question as to whether the media’sreporting on opinion polls should be considered as detrimental or beneficial from a democratic perspective is still open and contested. The purpose of this paper is thus to investigate the publication of opinion polls in the Swedish media during the last three election campaigns, with a focus on how the media used opinion polls and whether or not the media, at the end of the day, mainly used opinion polls to give voice to the people – or to the media and the journalists themselves. Among other things, the results suggest that more often than not, polls serve as vox media rather than vox populi.

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2009. Vol. 16, no 3, p. 55-70
Keyword [en]
opinion polls, democracy, election news, Swedish media
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-11286ISI: 000271788400004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-70450197218Local ID: DEMICOMOAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-11286DiVA, id: diva2:296103
Available from: 2010-02-18 Created: 2010-02-18 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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