The Centrist U.S. Press

29 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2010 Last revised: 18 Aug 2010

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Riccardo Puglisi

University of Pavia; University of Milan - Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano (LdA)

James M. Snyder

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Political Science & Department of Economics

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

We propose a new method for measuring the relative ideological positions of newspapers, voters, interest groups, and political parties. The method uses data on ballot propositions. We exploit the fact that newspapers, parties, and interest groups take positions on these propositions, and the fact that citizens ultimately vote on them. We find that, on average, newspapers in the U.S. are located almost exactly at the median voter in their states. Newspapers also tend to be centrist relative to interest groups.

Suggested Citation

Puglisi, Riccardo and Snyder, James M., The Centrist U.S. Press (2010). APSA 2010 Annual Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1643453

Riccardo Puglisi (Contact Author)

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University of Milan - Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano (LdA) ( email )

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James M. Snyder

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Political Science & Department of Economics ( email )

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