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Zerback, Thomas and Kobilke, Lara (2022): The role of affective and cognitive attitude extremity in perceived viewpoint diversity exposure. In: New Media & Society

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Abstract

The current study examines the role of affective and cognitive attitude extremity on perceived exposure to diverse political viewpoints and investigates the possibility of a primacy of affect. Based on a multi-level analysis of panel survey data, we show that people with extreme attitudes toward immigrants experience less viewpoint diversity and that this tendency is especially pronounced for affective attitude extremity. However, even those holding extreme attitudes do not find themselves in issue-specific echo chambers, that is, they still encounter relatively diverse sets of viewpoints.

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