What role does the media play in forming economic perceptions and voting? Previous studies have suggested a variety of (sometimes conflicting) answers based on limited data -often no more than two sources (usually newspapers) - and a single country - usually the United States.
This paper introduces a large project designed to test the basic relationship between the media, partisanship, and voting cross-nationally. Having collected over 11.3 million relevant sentences from approximately 2 million articles related to the economy in 32 newspapers in 16 developed countries, we present preliminary results on three relationships:
- How well does newspaper sentiment reflect the economy?
- Do media reports mediate the economic vote? and
- Does media partisanship bias reporting on the economy?