The Hostile Audience: The Effect of Access to Broadband Internet on Partisan Affect

@article{Lelkes2017TheHA,
  title={The Hostile Audience: The Effect of Access to Broadband Internet on Partisan Affect},
  author={Yphtach Lelkes and Gaurav Sood and Shanto Iyengar},
  journal={American Journal of Political Science},
  year={2017},
  volume={61},
  pages={5-20}
}
Over the last two decades, as the number of media choices available to consumers has exploded, so too have worries over self-selection into media audiences. Some fear greater apathy, others heightened polarization. In this article, we shed light on the latter possibility. We identify the impact of access to broadband Internet on affective polarization by exploiting differences in broadband availability brought about by variation in state right-of-way regulations (ROW). We merge state-level… Expand

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