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In-Your-Face PoliticsThe Consequences of Uncivil Media$
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Diana C. Mutz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691165110

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691165110.001.0001

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The Costs of In-Your-Face Politics for Political Trust

The Costs of In-Your-Face Politics for Political Trust

(p.73) Chapter 4 The Costs of In-Your-Face Politics for Political Trust
In-Your-Face Politics

Diana C. Mutz

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the consequences of perceived distance and incivility on levels of political trust. It suggests that people may also react to incivility for entirely different, more straightforward reasons. People are all too aware of the banality of shout shows they see on television, and they have made their disgust for this practice well known. If there is consensus that politicians and political advocates are not behaving admirably, then perhaps incivility in political discourse also affects public regard for politics and politicians more generally, despite its lack of any apparent effects on attitudes toward individual favored politicians. Televised portrayals of political conflict have received a particularly severe beating, with some pointing to media reports highlighting conflict as a source of greater political cynicism.

Keywords:   incivility, political trust, shout shows, politicians, political advocates, political discourse, political cynicism

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