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Focusing on credibility and trust, as key elements is critical to evaluating negative campaign messages. At the very least this study offers insights into the transference of attitudes and actions ...

Focusing on credibility and trust, as key elements is critical to evaluating negative campaign messages. At the very least this study offers insights into the transference of attitudes and actions regarding negative comparative statements supporting existing research on Learning Theory.

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    • Influence of Negative Campaigns on Public Opinion 1 Running Head: INFLUENCE OF NEGATIVE CAMPAINGS ON PUBLIC OPINION The Influence of Attitude on Public Decisions: How Negative Campaigns affect the Public Opinions Andrew Ciccone Quantitative Methods PROPOSAL Baruch College
    • Influence of Negative Campaigns on Public Opinion 2 Purpose Credibility, reputation, identity, and image may be irreparably damaged from negative campaigning. This study provides useful insights for political advisors and the communications industry to consider. The Attitude-Toward-The-Ad Model assumes that favorable reactions to an advertisement are projected onto the brands featured in the advertisement (Muehling, 1987). The premises of this proposal will apply the criterion of related theory to determine whether the severity of negative statements influence public attitudes towards the person(s) making such statements and those who are being criticized. The topic of study is the impact and affect, if any, of negative campaigning in politics. Advertisers and communicators often have concerns about unintended perceptions and interpretations of comparative advertising and or other communicative campaigns. This consideration is relevant as there are varied opinions on mentioning competitors in your messages, and if it is prudent to do so. Other responses to comparative campaign formats regarding beliefs about claims, credibility of sources, could have a direct and negative effect on the public’s perceptions of those criticized. The severity of statements towards others may have lasting reputational damage significantly influencing attitudes the public has towards those criticized.
    • Influence of Negative Campaigns on Public Opinion 3 Literature Review The interest in the political process at times is apathetic, however there is a real desire for many citizens to participate and support various issues and candidates. Various internal and external influences affect Americans attitudes and beliefs on a local level in their communities and on a national scale, on opinions formulated. The presidential candidate’s beliefs influence the public’s attitudes as voters indentify with an individual candidate symbolically or may favor a candidate based on their position(s) on various issues. Most people choose candidates combining the candidates personal attributes with their positions on various issues. Subjective norms may predict behavioral intentions however societal pressures may have less of an influence on behavioral intentions than the attitude construct. In other words, how individual’s processes information from media, interpersonal sources, and the intellectual community (attitudes) typically prevail over societal norms. Intentions are decisions to act in a particular way. Eagly and Chaiken (1993, p. 168) note that intentions are a “psychological construct distinct from attitude, [which] represents the person’s motivation in the sense of his or her conscious plan to exert effort to carry out behavior”. In applications of The Theory of Reasoned Action TRA, researchers have operationalized intentions as either the likelihood that one will perform a behavior (Koballa, 1988) or as an approximation of performing a behavior in the future. The model of goal directed behavior posits that attitudes, positive and negative emotions, and subjective norms influence intentions through desires. There is a connection between personal attitudes and being influenced by subjective norms that may illicit an individual to take action on an issue. The hypothesized model recognizes that the connection is affective and does encompass emotions, suggesting that eagerness encompasses one’s level of interest and intensity of desire to act.
    • Influence of Negative Campaigns on Public Opinion 4 Literature Review (Cont’d) Eagerness to perform behavior reflects their desire to take action and incorporates each person’s goal(s) and internal motivations. Consumer’ motivations to act are measured in the context of thinking about engaging in an activity. Much research in marketing, consumer behavior, and psychology has suggested that consumers vary in the degree of eagerness to engage in a new behavior (Bargh, 2002). Attitudes toward performing a behavior are generally viewed as assessments of an individual’s propensity towards a behavior (Finlay, Trafimow, & Villarreal, 2002). A person’s beliefs that certain individuals or organizations (referents), believe how an individual or group should perform, or refrain from culturally defined behavior. Norms are a function of various types of societal beliefs, determined by the culmination of the experiences and influences of a person’s beliefs and motivations to adhere to a subjective norm. Normative beliefs are individual’s beliefs that underlie the norms that pervade in one’s reality. Attitude toward a specific behavior and subjective norms have been shown to account for much variance in intention to perform a specific behavior (Finlay et al., 2002). Involvement is the motivational quality “to move forward to engage in a new behavior” (Warrington & Shim, 2000). Researchers have found that the closer match between one’s self-concept and a proposed behavior, the more motivated a consumer is to act (Charng, Piliavin, & Callero, 1988; Warrington & Shim, 2000). Rapaport and Orbell (2000, p. 320) examine behavioral intentions, “If a person indentifies with a specific role or action, they are more likely to express a positive attitude towards the action, which in turn may act as a predictor of intention.” Both Higie and Feick (1989) and Kapferer and Laurent (1993) conceptualize involvement as having a self-
    • Influence of Negative Campaigns on Public Opinion 5 Literature Review (Cont’d) expressive component. The extent to which one’s choice or position on an issue tells others about you. In contrast, self-concept motivates individuals to perform certain behaviors because doing so will communicate meaning to others and further enhance one’ self concept. In other words, one’s self image is very important motivator of behavior (Grubb and Grathwohl, 1967). Hypothesis A number of processes may account for the impact of communicative influences from the media, public opinion polls, and word of mouth on an individual’s attitudes and beliefs. The classical conditioning effect is most often cited in which the affect generated by the message “transfers” to the intended audience. Learning theory offers a theoretical rationale for this transference process, simply stated our attitudes towards good things is favorable and generally speaking our attitudes towards objects associated with bad things is unfavorable. Therefore positive or negative feelings associated with an issue or message may also be projected onto an individual or group. The Fishbein (1975) multi-attribute model assumes that attitudes towards objects are comprised of beliefs associated with the object with specific attributes and evaluations of the attributes. From previous studies, it has been proven that subtle negative campaign messages do not adversely affect those being criticized. Hypotheses were formulated in this study to unearth any correlation between the severity of negative campaigns and how the public’s attitudes are influenced by those making such statements and those being criticized.
    • Influence of Negative Campaigns on Public Opinion 6 Hypothesis (Cont’d) On the basis of the literature reviewed research questions were chosen as opposed to formulating hypotheses as there is not enough compelling research on the effects of negative statements on those criticized and how such statements affect public attitudes. RQ1: An overtly negative campaign message towards those criticized unfavorably affects the public’s opinion of those criticized. It does not adversely affect the public’s opinion of those making such statements. RQ2: An overtly negative campaign message towards those criticized has no affect on the public’s opinion of those criticized. However, it does adversely affect the public’s opinion of those making such statements. Methodology Methods & Measures Scholars Carrel and Wilmington (1998) studying persuasion know that compliance, performing a behavior or act, differs from internalization, valuing a behavior or act such as a statement. Baseline quantitative pre-test measures of the credibility of the political candidates from the 2008 election were surveyed utilizing self-report closed end questionnaires to ensure internal validity. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Mike Huckabee were all measured as to the credibility of each candidate utilizing (Pfau and Eveland, 1996) semantic differential scales of measurement to assess voter’s attitudes. Researchers (Berlo, Lemert, & Mertz, 1971;
    • Influence of Negative Campaigns on Public Opinion 7 Methodology Methods & Measures (Cont’d) E. W. Miles & Leathers, 1984; Teven & Comadena, 1996) found that credibility (believability), a multi-dimensional concept comprised of three independent factors: authoritativeness, trustworthiness, and dynamism. Each of these factors was measured by six 7-point semantic differential scales. Authoritativeness: qualified/unqualified, informed/uninformed, authoritative/un- authoritative, trained/untrained, experienced/un-experienced, skilled/unskilled Trustworthiness: agreeable/un-agreeable, kind/cruel, pleasant/unpleasant, safe/dangerous, congenial/quarrelsome, friendly/unfriendly Dynamism: empathetic/hesitant, active/passive, aggressive/meek, bold/timid, frank/reserved, forceful/forceless The six items of the semantic differential scales used to measure each factor were summated to produce a separate score for authoritativeness, trustworthiness and dynamism. These three scores were then summed up into a single score with more weighting on authoritativeness and trustworthiness. The dependent variable in this case of credibility was used to measure a respondents’ attitude towards each candidate using three 7-point semantic differential scales: credible/not credible, competent/incompetent, and qualified/unqualified. The respondents in the pre-test were asked their political affiliation in order to evaluate any bias toward a political party, in addition those surveyed were asked to rank order the trustworthiness of each candidate. For the purposes of this study more weight was given to the findings ascribed to the candidates of their political party of choice when a clear bias was indicated from the data. All the candidates evaluated in the pre-
    • Influence of Negative Campaigns on Public Opinion 8 Methodology Methods & Measures (Cont’d) test were found to be of comparable integrity. The video clips of candidates selected statements that were pre-tested as to the severity of the harsh/harmless statements candidates made towards rivals using the 7-point semantic differential scale for measurement validity. Procedures Due concern for the dignity and welfare of the participants in compliance with laws and standards was seriously considered, reasonable steps implemented protections for the rights and welfare of human participants and other persons affected by the research conducted. All participants in this study were informed and provided consent voluntarily, free of will to participate in this research as was the ethical standards for the reporting and publishing of the research results. DVD discs were provided to students interested in participating in this study in select states, counties, and cities at college campuses about the United States that reflect the voting public. Students selected watched the videos at various settings, such as their homes, or other comfortable locations over the allotted two week period, simply emailing the questionnaire back indicating their responses. Errors were reduced by administering accurate measurement techniques in a consistent manner. A threat to this study, albeit considered non-threatening was the lack of control over the setting as to where the video-clips were viewed and the questionnaires taken by the students. Each participant was allotted two weeks to watch the video clips and submit the questionnaire via the
    • Influence of Negative Campaigns on Public Opinion 9 Methodology Procedures (Cont’d) internet to minimize any sleeper effect threats as to the timing of when students participated in this study, and the external events influencing their attitudes, certainly may influence responses. The procedures, methods, and questionnaires ensured that the standards put forth from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) were strictly adhered to. The questionnaire design and the DVD video-clips of the candidates were administered in compliance with the recognized standards of scientific competence and ethical research. A pilot study of the questionnaire was conducted utilizing the test-retest method at two points in time evaluating any possibility that questions or results could be misleading. Cronbach’s (1951) alpha coefficient method evaluated the overall relationship among the questionnaires answers achieving internal reliability well above 0.75, considered acceptable for scholarly review. The treatment, or other “filler” video-clip’s content regarding candidate’s statements were pre- tested and measured to be less harsh than those being studied. These “filler” clips (the independent variable) were manipulated regarding the severity of the statements made by the candidates to provide control over the experiment. The “filler” video-clips were randomly distributed into the experimental sample to better evaluate how the participants’, the public (the dependent variable) attitudes were influenced by the varying severity of the candidate’s statements.
    • Influence of Negative Campaigns on Public Opinion 10 Methodology Sampling A representative sample of (3,000 college students) were selected non-randomly reflected eligible voters on the basis of gender, race, religion, ethnicity, home state, urban/suburban cities, and political party. Factors such as age, income, and education were not fairly represented as college students were used out of convenience. Cluster sampling was used in select states, counties within those states, cities within those counties, to select colleges of higher learning that are indicative of all regions of the United States, as there are varying views based on the region of the country that may skew the findings of this study. To minimize external and internal influences on the respondents’ attitudes that history and selection may pose, the timing of the study was over a three month period. Two, three month surveys representing cross-sectional samples of typical voters were conducted in the winter of 2007 and spring of 2008 as people’s beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors are time bound sensitive. Historical factors that may have an impact on the respondents’ participating in this study include local, national, and world events going on at this time of this survey. Personal friendships, relations, peers, and family members may also impact the respondents answers affecting their attitudes towards candidates and or issues brought up in the video-clips presented in this research. Other considerations such as the student’s major in college or parent’s political affiliation were not deemed to be substantive factors in influencing opinions of this study. Of course history- selection may have influenced regions of the U.S. due to local or regional events and or statements made by candidates in those areas or if the candidates are from those regions of the United States.
    • Influence of Negative Campaigns on Public Opinion 11 Methodology Questionnaire In order to easily compare the information gathered from the respondents a directive strategy was embraced. The structure of the closed-end questions as much as possible took into account, question order effects of consistency, fatigue, and redundancy. The self-report questions were also structured to eliminate as much as possible to avoid response style, so that the respondents did not simply indicate the same answer to each question, results that did indicate this behavior were reviewed to evaluate the level of participation of the respondent. A balanced-scale approach to the structure of the questions (Oskamp, 1991) switched the wording of questions to elicit positive or negative responses. Finally questions were structured to elicit a quarrelsome response style leading participants to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to a similar questions, validating the consistency of the data. Threats due to how the research was conducted. Measurement validity and reliability was minimized by clearly indicting each question asked in simple language employing a tunnel format to yield consistent responses easily coded. Only questions relevant to the study were asked, not slang, abbreviations or vague expressions were used in the questions. Important terms were highlighted for emphasis, but not overtly used. Questions were specific, precise, and focused on one aspect per question to simplify the answers with attention given to matching the choices to questions appropriately. Response answers were mutually exclusive to indicate only one answer to each question, as were the choices to each question exhaustive to ensure all possible anticipated answers. Inclusive terms such as always/never imply negative connotations and were not used in the phrasing of questions.
    • Influence of Negative Campaigns on Public Opinion 12 Methodology Questionnaire (Cont’d) The questionnaire was written in a natural conversational tone with simple wording avoiding complex questions. Care was taken to construct logically complete, grammatically correct, short, to the point questions, not breaking questions between pages, and that did not duplicate earlier items or that may appear redundant to those surveyed. The tone of the survey was user friendly and flowed easily from one question to another to put the participants in a mood conducive to answering the questions and to alleviate fatigue. Earlier questions engaged the respondents’ interest in the subject being researched but did not overwhelm them. Sensitive questions were placed in the middle of the survey as participants would most likely be agreeable to answering questions truthfully. Questions regarding demographic information was asked of voluntarily and placed at the end of the survey with regard to race, ethnicity, and other potentially personal information. Answers to such questions as age and income were provided as ranges as many people are sensitive to providing such personal information. Variables The candidates’ statements represented on the DVD video-clips (independent variable) were studied to evaluate if there was any influence attitudes on the (dependent variable) of the public or in this case the respondents participating in this research. The candidates criticized (also dependent variables) by campaign statements (independent variable) from rivals influence the public’s/respondent’s (dependent variable) attitudes towards those criticized. Aspects of the variables could not be controlled such as the tone of candidates’ words and the crowds’ reactions to the candidates captured on the video-clips. The audience’s at these political
    • Influence of Negative Campaigns on Public Opinion 13 Methodology Variables (Cont’d) events usually is biased for the candidate, and their reactions to statements made certainly may influence those viewing the film footage. The setting of debates among candidates within the same party may have a subtle advantage given the topics discussed that may favor one candidate over another as regions of the country have varying priorities such as rural or urban areas. The press may ask or respond to a candidate’s statement that may be biased to the candidate. On any occasion the clothes of each candidate may lend subtle bias to the participants of this research and many other intangibles such as if their spouse, family, friends, and other high profile individuals present in the video-clip provided. Data Analysis Results Given the large sample size, the scores of the variables upon evaluation were found to exhibit a normative distribution typical of the population sample indicate a high level of accuracy supporting the central limits theory (Norusis, 1991). The random sample in this study reflects the actual mean in the sampling distribution accurately representing the true population mean with a 95% confidence level indicating a high level of reliability for the internal measures and assurance of minimal internal error. There was no bias in the selection of participants based on political party, however strong negative notions of any of the candidates, were screened during the pre-testing to provide an objective sample. The public’s strong opinions on the issues and candidates may explain the kurtosis and skewness of the distribution curve here tall and strongly pointed, with scores
    • Influence of Negative Campaigns on Public Opinion 14 Data Analysis Results clustered around the middle exhibiting leptokurtic distribution. Historically past elections have precipitated strong attitudes on various issues however firsts in this election may raise issues regarding gender and race, as there has never been a serious female contender for the presidency nor an African American. No significant difference or relationship was supported that negatively affect both the candidates making strong statements attacking their rival’s character, nor was there any negative impact on the candidates making such negative statements. Samples of Election Results from the 2008 Democratic Presidential State Primaries • South Carolina 1/26/2008 – Obama 55%, Clinton 27% • Florida 1/29/2008 – Clinton 50%, Obama 33% • California 2/5/2008 – Clinton 52%, Obama 42% • Illinois 2/5/2008 – Obama 65%, Clinton 33% • New York 2/5/2008 – Clinton 57%, Obama 40% • Maine 2/10/2008 – Obama 59%, Clinton 40% • Virginia 2/12/2008 – Obama 68%, Clinton 35% • Ohio 3/4/2008 – Clinton 54%, Obama 44% • Wyoming 3/8/2008 – Obama 61%, Clinton 38% • Pennsylvania 4/22/2008 – Clinton 55%, Obama 45%
    • Influence of Negative Campaigns on Public Opinion 15 Data Analysis Results Samples of Election Results from the 2008 Republican Presidential State Primaries • South Carolina 1/19/2008 – McCain 33%, Huckabee 30%, Romney 15% • Florida 1/29/2008 – McCain 36%, Romney 31% • Maine 2/2/2008 – Romney 52%, McCain 21% • Arizona 2/5/2008 – McCain 47%, Romney 34%, Huckabee 9% • Arkansas 2/5/2008 – Huckabee 60%, McCain 20%, Romney 13% • California 2/5/2008 – McCain 42%, Romney 34%, Huckabee 12% • Massachusetts 2/5/2008 – Romney 51%, McCain 41%, Huckabee 4% • Montana 2/5/2008 – Romney 38%, McCain 22% • New York 2/5/2008 – McCain 51%, Romney 28%, Huckabee 11% Theoretical Interpretation Factor analysis utilizing a Likert type scale measures and helps define the strength and validity of claims. The Theory of Reasoned Action TRA examines the variables that lead to behavioral intention, predicting behavior, in this study is used as a strategy for audience segmentation. Careful analysis may lead to determining the public’s attitudes and voting behavior based upon negative campaigning. Audience segmentation strategies traditionally based on demographics, psychographics, and or geography aides in classifying groups that strongly identify with specific
    • Influence of Negative Campaigns on Public Opinion 16 Data Analysis Theoretical Interpretation (Cont’d) issues, ideas, and candidate to interpret and evaluate results from data obtained. Cluster analysis is considered an atheoretical statistical tool applied in marketing communications and other disciplines further categorizing subjective norm factors of beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors in specific characteristic sets identifying behavioral actions used to evaluate assumptions of negative campaigning on the source and those criticized. No one analytical theory is ever definitive in interpretive analysis, invariably other theories may have subtly influenced the analysis of the hypothetical assumptions put forth in this paper. Means (Interpretations of Data) A longitudinal survey may have provided differing opinions of the statements made by the candidates and those criticized providing a more enduring assessment of the impact of environmental events on the population sample. Potential unintentional threats such as expectancy on the researcher’s part, lack of procedure validity, or participant’s exhibiting the Hawthorne effect could affect the confidence of the data. In this study inferences were made regarding variables within the population on the basis of the relationships found in the sample selected from the population of eligible voters. The practical significance of the data was reliable however the results were inconclusive in proving the research questions posited they are none the less potentially important, necessitating further research. A chi-square test of the null hypothesis yielded 96% indicating the theory was not valid, therefore the hypothesis was rejected. Type I Error can be further reduced by testing more
    • Influence of Negative Campaigns on Public Opinion 17 Data Analysis Means (Interpretations of Data) (Cont’d) stringent or conservative testing, lowering the alpha level to 0.01%, however doing so would lead to a higher likelihood of committing a Type II Error, accepting that the null hypothesis is probably false, a false negative, meaning the relationship is not significant, when in fact, it is. The 3,000 respondents sample size is more than reasonable to have confidence in rejecting the null hypothesis (Jaeger, 1990). Levy and Steelman (1996) point out ways of increasing statistical power, when the most appropriate alpha test is used for the research study. It is important to differentiate effect size from statistical significance (J. Cohen, 1988; Rosenthal, 1993). A statistically significant finding only indicates the extent which the results are due to chance. It does not reference how “small” or “large” a finding may be. Therefore, the statistical finding is considered as well as how large is the effect size; the estimate of the degree to which the phenomena is present in a population and/or the extent to which the null hypothesis is false (Vogt, 1993, p. 79). Difference analysis examined the differences between the categories of the statements made by the candidates (independent variable) among eligible voters using a nominal scale for data, chi- square test. Ordinal data was analyzed for the Mann-Whitney U-Test scores for all respondents, here statistically significant, providing a high level of confidence to reject the null hypothesis. The means for the attitude and subjective norm factors were assessed as a strategy to indentify distinct differences between possible cluster solutions. Means provided a measure in which to indentify the level of importance on topics, issues, ideals, and candidates. Distinct opinions and assumptions were developed, however conflicting beliefs and attitudes were not consistent with individual candidates as expected. Unique groups that share opinions cannot whole embrace an
    • Influence of Negative Campaigns on Public Opinion 18 Data Analysis Means (Interpretations of Data) (Cont’d) individual’s ideals and positions on the many important issues that face Americans, however some groups were found to be closely aligned with some of the candidates. Discussion Perhaps the negative impact of accusations is dependent on pre-existing notions of ideas, issues, and individuals. Further it is found that people with strong beliefs regarding issues, ideas, and individuals were not easily swayed and negative statements merely reinforcing per-existing notions. Belief systems and what constitutes them and what if anything determines the strength of one’s convictions. Further those with limited knowledge, issues, ideas, and individuals base their assessments of the integrity of those making negative statements and also those accursed. Individual’s strength of pre-existing beliefs on various issues may not be influenced or beliefs Those with limited knowledge on individuals, ideas, issues, or otherwise During this year’s 2008 Democratic Primary Presidential Election, Hillary Clinton lost in some states such as Virginia after harsh criticisms of her rival Barack Obama’s, while in other states such as Pennsylvania she won decisively challenging Barack’s leadership abilities, perhaps from the mounting negative press Barack had experienced in the national media regarding comments made regarding American’s faith. In Florida none of the Democratic Presidential hopefuls advertised, there was however national attention from several nationally televised debates and press coverage in the local Florida news sites. Hillary won decisively in Florida, worth noting as the results of the various state primary contests neither support nor disprove the research
    • Influence of Negative Campaigns on Public Opinion 19 Discussion (Cont’d) conducted regarding the effects and influence on the public regarding strong statements negatively directed at political rivals. Republican Presidential front runner John McCain seems to have benefited from his rivals mention of him in various Democratic debates. Mitt Romney’s statements attacking McCain seem to have benefited him in Massachusetts and Montana but did not adversely limit McCain’s chances in New York and California where he won by a considerable margin. Republican Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee did not engage in negative mud slinging. His statements in this study are considered non combative, as such where used as a control for manipulating the (independent variable) of candidate’s negative statements. Republicans and Democrats alike all won in their home states indicating that local bias was certainly a factor in this 2008 Presidential Primary. Validity is not a commodity that can be purchased with [statistical] techniques (Brinberg & McGrath, 1985, p. 13). On a conceptual level the findings important but inconclusive, thus the ecological validity and replication of this study is impractical. The selection of the participants may have influenced the validity of the conclusions given students typically ranged from age of 18 to 25, being highly educated, and single which may have impacted the results of this research. Inter-participant bias most certainly played a role in the attitudes of those in the study, as students are more susceptible to social pressures than older voters. Some of the candidates’ platforms and statements may have less influence on this young demographic than older voters regarding religion, race, sex, or other factors.
    • Influence of Negative Campaigns on Public Opinion 20 Limitations and Future Research Factors of attitudes and subjective norms make it difficult to consider and capture all the possible dimensions of extraneous variables. Future and past campaigns might provide evidence that strengthens and/or raises doubts about the research questions postulated here. Focusing on credibility and trust, as key elements is critical to evaluating negative campaign messages. At the very least this study offers insights into the transference of attitudes and actions regarding negative comparative statements supporting existing research on Learning Theory.
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