Public Opinion, the Media, and Economic Well‐Being

Jason Barabas

in The Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199545636
Published online September 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of American Politics

Public Opinion, the Media, and Economic Well‐Being

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This chapter centres on economic welfare and how it relates to the mass media and public opinion, defining ‘economic welfare’ as the financial well-being of the citizens in a nation. It lists the factors that contribute to economic well-being, such as personal or household income and housing conditions, and also examines the scholarly evidence which connects economic welfare experience or trends to public opinion through the mass media. The chapter also considers the policies, programs, and macroeconomic changes that can directly affect economic outcomes.

Keywords: economic welfare; financial well-being; economic well-being; macroeconomic changes; economic outcomes; public opinion

Article.  7220 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Political Behaviour

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