Jul 22, 2016 · 11:30 pm Elizabeth Stoycheff and Erik C. Nisbet, The Conversation Share Tweet Email Reddit Print Share Tweet Email Reddit Print The irony of internet freedom was on full display shortly after midnight July 16 in Turkey when President Erdogan used FaceTime and independent TV news to call for public resistance against the military coup that aimed to depose him.
According to cultural cognition theory, individuals hold opinions about politically contested issues like climate change that are consistent with their “cultural way of life,” conforming their opinions to how they think society should be organized and to what they perceive are the attitudes of their cultural peers. Yet despite dozens of cultural cognition studies, none have directly examined the role of the news media in facilitating these differential interpretations.
Our analysis of Russian polling data collected before and after the summit suggests one outcome of this meeting was a significant rise in Trump’s personal favorability and image. However, the number of Russians with a favorable opinion of Americans significantly declined as a result of the summit. The Russian Public Opinion Research Center, or VCIOM, asked a series of questions about Trump, the US and US-Russian relations on their weekly poll a few days before the summit.